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Benjamin Franklin SHIVELY

(1857-1916)
Senate Years of Service:
1909-1916
Party:
Democrat

SHIVELY, Benjamin Franklin, a Representative and a Senator from Indiana; born near Osceola, St. Joseph County, Ind., March 20, 1857; attended the common schools and the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Ind.; taught school 1874-1880; engaged in journalism 1880-1884; secretary of the National Anti-Monopoly Association in 1883; president of the board of Indiana University in 1884; elected as a National Anti-Monopolist to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William H. Calkins and served from December 1, 1884, to March 3, 1885; graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1886; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in South Bend, Ind.; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth, Fifty-first, and Fifty-second Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1893); was not a candidate for renomination in 1892; resumed the practice of law in South Bend, Ind.; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of Indiana in 1896; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1909; reelected in 1914 and served from March 4, 1909, until his death; chairman, Committee on Pacific Railroads (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Pensions (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses); died in Washington, D.C., March 14, 1916; interment in the rookville Cemetery, Brookville, Pa.

Bibliography

U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 64th Cong., 2nd sess., 1916-1917. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1917.

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

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