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William Graves Sharp (March 14, 1859 – November 17, 1922) was an American lawyer, manufacturer, three-term congressman, and diplomat.

Sharp was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio. He graduated LL.B. from the University of Michigan in 1881 and then practiced law in Elyria, Ohio. He also engaged in the manufacture of charcoal, pig iron, and chemicals. From 1885–88 he was prosecuting attorney of Lorain County, Ohio.

He was a Democratic presidential elector in 1892, a Democratic candidate for Congress in 1900, and a member of the Sixty-first to the Sixty-third Congresses (1909-15), but resigned in 1914 to become Ambassador to France by appointment of President Wilson.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Myron T. Herrick
U.S. Ambassador to France
1914–1919
Succeeded by
Hugh C. Wallace
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