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Benjamin Glover SHIELDS

(1808-1850)

SHIELDS, Benjamin Glover, a Representative from Alabama; born in Abbeville, S.C., in 1808; moved with his father to Clarke County, Ala.; resided in Demopolis, Marengo County, Ala.; completed preparatory studies; member of the State house of representatives in 1834; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); commissioned in 1845 by President Polk United States Chargé d’Affaires to Venezuela, where he remained until January 7, 1850; moved to Texas and engaged in planting until his death in 1850.

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

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