SHEPLEY, Ether (1789-1877)

SHEPLEY, ETHER, a Senator from Maine; born in Groton, Mass., November 2, 1789; attended Groton Academy and graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1811; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1814 and began practice in Saco, Maine (until 1820 a district of Massachusetts); member, Massachusetts general court 1819; delegate to the Maine constitutional convention in 1820; United States attorney for the district of Maine 1821-1833; moved to Portland, Maine; elected as a Jacksonian to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1833, to March 3, 1836, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses); justice of the supreme court of Maine 1836-1848, chief justice 1848-1855; was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; appointed sole commissioner to revise the public laws of Maine in 1856; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, January 15, 1877; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in John Fairfield papers, 1828-1876.

Maine Historical Society
Portland, ME
Papers: 1816-1875. 1 box and 17 volumes. Congressional, political, legal, financial, and personal correspondence and papers. Also miscellaneous items in various collections including a political letter to Shepley, 1830 Apr. 19, from Ashur Ware.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 8 letters (1821-1855) in various collections.

Nathan and Henry B. Cleaves Law Library
Portland, ME
Papers: Newspaper clippings and biographical materials.