Daniel Sickles Biography
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1893-95, 1857-61))
Birthday: October 20, 1819 (Libra)
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Daniel Sickles was an American diplomat, politician, and soldier, best known for his exploits in the American Civil War. He was born into an affluent family in New York, to a lawyer father. Daniel graduated from the ‘University of the City of New York’ before passing the bar exam. However, by then, he was starting to develop an interest in national politics. After working briefly as the corporation counsel of New York City, he moved to London to work as the secretary of the U.S. legation, under James Buchanan. In 1855, upon his return from London, he was elected to the ‘New York City State Senate.’ Daniel faced a serious criminal charge early in his political career, when he murdered his wife’s lover in 1859. He was acquitted when he proved that he had been temporarily insane. The Civil War broke out in 1861, and despite his lack of experience in military matters, he commanded many troops throughout the war. In 1863, he had to have his leg amputated. He later won a ‘Medal of Honor’ for his bravery. He also served as a U.S. minister to Spain.