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Benjamin F. Shively

Shively_BenjaminMr. Shively was born in South Bend, Indiana, on March 20, 1857.   He attended the public schools in that city, also the Valparaiso Normal School, and the University of Michigan.  Beginning in 1874, and until 1880, he was employed as a teacher, then became a journalist.  At the age of 27 years, he was elected as a member of Congress to fill a vacancy, and was the youngest member of the House of Representatives at that time.  He was also a member of the Fiftieth, Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses, but declined the nomination in 1892.  He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Indiana in 1896, and the Democratic nominee U. S. Senator for Indiana in 1903 and 1905.  He served as a Senator from Indiana beginning in 1909, and for the last time in 1914. 

Benjamin F. Shively was married in 1889 to Laura Jenks, daughter of George A. & Mary A. Jenks, of Brookville, PA.  They were the parents of three children: George J., John J., and Mary M. Shively.   Senator Shively died of a malignant growth in his throat on March 14th, 1916, in a hospital in Washington, D.C.   He is buried in the Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, PA.   His wife, Laura, died November 18th, 1926, and is buried beside her husband.


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