When he reached the age of sixteen, Ewing arranged an appointment for Sherman to West Point.
A good student, Sherman was popular but accumulated a large number of demerits due to a disregard for the rules pertaining to appearance.
Graduating sixth in the class of 1840, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 3rd Artillery.
With the outbreak of the Mexican-American War in 1846, Sherman was assigned to administrative duties in newly-captured California.
Remaining in San Francisco after the war, Sherman helped confirm the discovery of gold in 1848.
Two years later he was promoted to captain, but remained in administrative positions.
Unhappy with his lack of combat assignments, he resigned his commission in 1853 and became a bank manager in San Francisco.
Transferred to New York in 1857, he was soon out of job when the bank folded during the Panic of 1857.
Attempting law, Sherman opened a short-lived practice in Leavenworth, KS.Jobless, Sherman was encouraged to apply to be the first superintendent of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy.William Tecumseh Sherman was born February 8, 1820, in Lancaster, OH. Sherman, a member of the Ohio Supreme Court, he was one of eleven children.Following his father's untimely death in 1829, Sherman was sent to live with the family of Thomas Ewing.A prominent Whig politician, Ewing served as a US Senator and later as the first Secretary of the Interior.Sherman would marry Ewing's daughter Eleanor in 1850.