John Levi SHEPPARD
SHEPPARD, John Levi, (father of Morris Sheppard and great-grandfather of Connie Mack, III), a Representative from Texas; born in Bluffton, Chambers County, Ala., April 13, 1852; moved with his mother to Morris County, Tex.; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Daingerfield, Morris County, Tex., in 1879; district attorney of the fifth judicial district of Texas 1882-1888; district judge of the same district 1888-1896; temporary chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1892; appointed delegate to the Bimetallic Convention in Chicago in 1893; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1899, until his death in Texarkana, Bowie County, Tex., October 11, 1902; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
BibliographyU. S. 57th Congress, 2d Session. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of John Levi Sheppard. Washington, D. C.: GPO, 1903.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present