James Shields (Ohio politician)

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James Shields
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by John Woods
Succeeded by Thomas Corwin
Personal details
Born (1762-04-13)April 13, 1762
Banbridge, County Down, Ireland
Died August 13, 1831(1831-08-13) (aged 69)
Venice, Ohio
Resting place Venice Cemetery
Political party Jacksonian
Alma mater University of Glasgow

James Shields (April 13, 1762 – August 13, 1831) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.


A descendant of the Ó Siadhail family, Shields was born in Banbridge, County Down, Ireland.

He received a good common-school education, entering the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1782 and graduated in 1786. He attended medical college for two years, before emigrating to the United States in July 1791 and settled in Frederick County, Virginia, where he taught school. He moved to Butler County, Ohio in 1801, but then returned to Virginia and became a citizen of the United States in 1804.

He returned to Ohio in 1807 and was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives between 1806 and 1827. Ohio Presidential elector in 1828 for Andrew Jackson.[1] He was elected as a Jacksonian to the 21st United States Congress (March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831).

Shields was killed through the accidental overturning of a stagecoach near Venice, Butler County, Ohio on August 13, 1831. He was interred in Venice Cemetery, Venice, Ohio. He was the uncle of U.S. Senator James Shields.


  1. ^ Taylor 1899 : 145