John Levi Sheppard

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John Levi Sheppard
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1899 – October 11, 1902
Preceded by John W. Crawford
Succeeded by Morris Sheppard
Personal details
Born (1852-04-13)April 13, 1852
Bluffton, Alabama, U.S.
Died October 11, 1902(1902-10-11) (aged 50)
Texarkana, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret Alice Eddins
Relations Connie Mack III (great-grandson)
Connie Mack IV (great-great-grandson)
Richard S. Arnold (great-grandson)
Morris S. Arnold (great-grandson)
Children Morris Sheppard
Profession lawyer, judge, legislator

John Levi Sheppard (April 13, 1852 – October 11, 1902) was an American lawyer, judge, and legislator.


Sheppard was born in Bluffton, Alabama on April 13, 1852. As a child he moved with his mother to Morris County, Texas, where he attended the local schools. Sheppard then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1879, and began to practice in Daingerfield.

A Democrat, Sheppard served as district attorney of the fifth judicial district from 1882 to 1888, and district judge from 1888 to 1896. He was temporary chairman of the state Democratic convention in 1892, and a delegate to the 1893 Bimettalist convention. He was also a delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention.

In 1898 Sheppard was elected to the United States House of Representatives from the Fourth Congressional District of Texas. He served in the 56th and 57th Congresses, and held office from March 4, 1899 until his death.

Sheppard died in Texarkana, Texas on October 11, 1902. He was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Texarkana.


Sheppard was married to Margaret Alice Eddins (1854-1905). Their children included Morris Sheppard, a longtime United States Senator from Texas.

He was also the great-grandfather of Senator Connie Mack III and great-great-grandfather of Representative Connie Mack IV.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Walter Cranford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Morris Sheppard