SHEPARD, William

1737–1817

Biography

SHEPARD, William, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Westfield, Mass., December 1, 1737; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; served in the French and Indian wars for six years; member of the committee of correspondence for Westfield in 1774; lieutenant colonel of Minutemen in April 1775; entered the Continental Army in May 1775 as lieutenant colonel; commissioned colonel of the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment October 6, 1776, and served throughout the Revolutionary War; member of the State house of representatives in 1785 and 1786; selectman for Westfield, Mass., 1784-1787; chosen major general of the Fourth Division, Massachusetts Militia, in 1786 and defended Springfield Arsenal during Shays' Rebellion; member of the Governor's council of Massachusetts 1792-1796; appointed in 1796 to treat with the Penobscot Indians and in 1797 with the Six Nations; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1803); resumed his agricultural pursuits; died in Westfield, Mass., November 16, 1817; interment in the Mechanic Street Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 document.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Massachusetts Regimental Collection, 1779-1783, 5 items. Persons represented include Col. William Shepard.
Papers: In the Ebenezer Sprout and William Shepard Orderly Book, 1779-1780, 1 item. Handwritten bound transcript of an orderly book (151 pages) containing general, brigade, and regimental orders (1780 January 17-February 13), emanating from various camps in New York state, received by Lt. Col. Ebenezer Sprout, 12th Massachusetts Regiment. Also includes orders (1779 August 30- 1780 January 16) of Col. William Shepard, Fourth Massachusetts Regiment.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1779-1786; February 2, 1799. 7 letters. Chiefly official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: September-December 1778; October-November 1780. 2 regimental orderly books. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Knapp, Isaac. A sermon, delivered at Westfield, November 18th, 1817; at the funeral of Maj. Gen. William Shepard, aged eighty. Springfield, Mo.: Printed by Thomas Dickman, 1818.

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