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George Knox SHIEL

(1825-1893)

SHIEL, George Knox, a Representative from Oregon; born in Ireland in 1825; immigrated to the United States and settled in New Orleans, La.; moved to Ohio; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Oregon in 1854 and practiced law in Salem; successfully contested as a Democrat the election of Andrew J. Thayer to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from July 30, 1861, to March 3, 1863; was not a candidate for renomination in 1862; was barred from practicing law, as he would not take the oath of allegiance, and lived in retirement until he was accidentally killed in Salem, Marion County, Oreg., December 12, 1893; interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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

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