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Ether SHEPLEY

(1789-1877)
Senate Years of Service:
1833-1836
Party:
Jacksonian

SHEPLEY, Ether, a Senator from Maine; born in Groton, Mass., November 2, 1789; attended Groton Academy and graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1811; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1814 and began practice in Saco, Maine (until 1820 a district of Massachusetts); member, Massachusetts general court 1819; delegate to the Maine constitutional convention in 1820; United States attorney for the district of Maine 1821-1833; moved to Portland, Maine; elected as a Jacksonian to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1833, to March 3, 1836, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses); justice of the supreme court of Maine 1836-1848, chief justice 1848-1855; was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; appointed sole commissioner to revise the public laws of Maine in 1856; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, January 15, 1877; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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