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Francis Edwin SHOBER

(1831-1896)

SHOBER, Francis Edwin, (father of Francis Emanuel Shober), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Salem (now Winston-Salem), N.C., March 12, 1831; attended the common schools and the Moravian School, Bethlehem, Pa.; was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1851; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Salisbury, N.C., in 1854; member of the State house of commons in 1862 and 1864; served in the State senate in 1865; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1875; county judge of Rowan County in 1877 and 1878; appointed Chief Clerk of the United States Senate in the Forty-fifth Congress; upon the death of Secretary John C. Burch in the Forty-seventh Congress was appointed Acting Secretary of the Senate and served from October 24, 1881, to March 3, 1883; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1880 and 1884; again a member of the State senate in 1887; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Salisbury, Rowan County, N.C., May 29, 1896; interment in Oakdale Cemetery.

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

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