Benjamin F. Shively

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Benjamin Franklin Shively
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United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 14, 1916
Preceded by James A. Hemenway
Succeeded by Thomas Taggart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 13th district
In office
December 1, 1884 – March 4, 1885
Preceded by William H. Calkins
Succeeded by George Ford
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1893
Preceded by George Ford
Succeeded by Charles Gerard Conn
Personal details
Born March 20, 1857
Osceola, Indiana
Died March 14, 1916 (aged 58)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Political party National Anti-Monopolist, Democrat
Alma mater Northern Indiana Normal School, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Profession Attorney

Benjamin Franklin Shively (March 20, 1857 – March 14, 1916) was a United States Representative and Senator from Indiana. Born near Osceola, Indiana, attended the common schools and the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso. He taught school from 1874 to 1880, engaged in journalism from 1880 to 1884, and was secretary of the National Anti-Monopoly Association in 1883. In 1884 he was president of the board of Indiana University and was elected as a National Anti-Monopolist to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William H. Calkins, serving from December 1, 1884, to March 3, 1885.

Shively graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1886, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in South Bend, Indiana. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth, Fifty-first, and Fifty-second Congresses, serving from March 4, 1887 to March 4, 1893; he was not a candidate for renomination in 1892, and resumed the practice of law in South Bend. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1896, and was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress; in 1909 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, was reelected in 1914 and served from March 4, 1909, until his death. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Pacific Railroads (Sixty-second Congress) and a member of the Committee on Pensions (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses). Shively died in Washington, D.C.; interment was in the Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, Pennsylvania.

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