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Augustine Henry SHEPPERD

(1792-1864)

SHEPPERD, Augustine Henry, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Rockford, Surry County, N.C., February 24, 1792; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Surry County, N.C.; member of the state house of representatives 1822-1826; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth through Twenty-second Congresses, reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, and elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1839); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Twenty-first Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Twenty-second Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); chairman, Committee on Public Expenditures (Twenty-seventh Congress); elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1851); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1850; resumed the practice of his profession; died at “Good Spring,” Salem (now Winston-Salem), Forsyth County, N.C., July 11, 1864; interment in Salem Cemetery.

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

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