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SHELLABARGER, Samuel, a Representative from Ohio; born near Enon, Clark County, Ohio, on December 10, 1817; attended the county schools and was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1841; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Springfield, Ohio, in 1846; member of the State house of representatives in 1852 and 1853; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress; elected to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1868; Minister to Portugal from April 21 to December 31, 1869; again elected to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); chairman, Committee on Commerce (Forty-second Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; member of the United States Civil Service Commission in 1874 and 1875; continued the practice of law until his death in Washington, D.C., August 7, 1896; interment in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio.

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Papers: 1867, 1 item. A letter from Samuel Shellabarger to William P. Fessenden written on June 11, 1867. In the letter, Shellabarger requests information on how to treat dyspepsia.
Papers: 1878, 1 item. A letter from Samuel Shellabarger to Rutherford B. Hayes written on June 10, 1878. In the letter, Shellabarger recommends Aaron [Bradshaw?] to be justice of the peace in the District of Columbia.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Kinnison, William A. Hon. Samuel Shellabarger (1817-1896), lawyer, jurist, legislator. [Springfield, Ohio]: Clark County Historical Society, 1966.

Shellabarger, Samuel. Before the General court martial convened in the city of Washington, D.C., by the order of the President. Washington, D.C.: T. McGill & Co., [1885].

------. Disfranchisement of rebels: Speech of Hon. S. Shellabarger, of Ohio, in the House of Representatives, April 21, 1866. [Washington, D.C.]: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, [1866].

------. The domestic commerce of the United States. [New York]: New York Cheap Transportation Association, [1874].

------. John G Moore appellant, vs. Joseph S. Miller., commissioner of internal revenue ... [Washington]: Press of McGill & Wallace, [1895].

------. Messrs. Vallandigham, Richardson and Cox. [Springfield, Ohio: Springfield News, print, 1863].

------. Reconstruction. [Washington: Printed at theCongressional Globe Office, 1866].

------. A reply. Speech of Hon. S. Shellabarger, of Ohio, Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 27, 1863. [Washington: Towers, printers, 1863].

------. Rights of citizens: Speech of Hon. Samuel Shellabarger of Ohio in the House of Representatives, July 25, 1866, on the bill to declare and protect all the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States in the several states. Washington : Congressional Globe Office, 1866.

------. Speech of Hon. Samuel Shellabarger, of Ohio, on the habeas corpus; delivered in the House of Representatives, May 12, 1862. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1862.

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