George Foster Shepley (Maine and Louisiana)

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George Foster Shepley
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Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit
In office
December 22, 1869 – July 20, 1878
Appointed byUlysses S. Grant
Preceded bySeat established by 16 Stat. 44
Succeeded byJohn Lowell
Military Governor of Richmond
In office
April 3, 1865 – July 3, 1865
Preceded byJoseph C. Mayo (Mayor)
Succeeded byDavid J. Saunders Sr. (Mayor)
18th Governor of Louisiana
In office
July 2, 1862 – March 4, 1864
Preceded byThomas Overton Moore
Succeeded byMichael Hahn
Mayor of New Orleans (acting)
In office
May 20, 1862 – July 11, 1862
Preceded byJohn T. Monroe
Succeeded byGodfrey Weitzel (acting)
Personal details
Born
George Foster Shepley

(1819-01-01)January 1, 1819
Saco, Maine
DiedJuly 20, 1878(1878-07-20) (aged 59)
Portland, Maine
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery
Portland, Maine
EducationHarvard University
Dartmouth College (A.B.)
read law

George Foster Shepley (January 1, 1819 – July 20, 1878) was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, military governor of Louisiana and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Autograph of General George Foster Shepley from an autograph album he gave to his daughter Anne at Christmas, 1860 (Private Collection of H. Blair Howell)

Born on January 1, 1819, in Saco, Maine,[1] Shepley attended Harvard University, received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1837 from Dartmouth College and read law in 1839.[1] He entered private practice in Bangor, Maine from 1839 to 1844.[1] He continued private practice in Portland, Maine from 1844 to 1861.[1] He served as the United States Attorney for the District of Maine from 1848 to 1849 and from 1853 to 1861.[1] He served as a Brigadier General in the United States Army during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865.[1] He resumed private practice in Portland from 1865 to 1866.[1] He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1866 to 1867.[1] He again resumed private practice in Portland from 1867 to 1869.[1]

Civil War service[edit]

General George Shepley

Shepley was commissioned a Colonel of the 12th Maine Infantry on November 16, 1861.[2] He was assigned to the Department of the Gulf, commanding a brigade during the New Orleans campaign from April 18, 1862, to May 1, 1862.[2] He served as military governor of New Orleans, Louisiana from May 1862 to July 1862, and then served as military governor of the Union-occupied parishes of Louisiana until March 1864.[2] He was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers on July 18, 1862.[2] He briefly headed a district in Virginia and then served as chief of staff of XXV Corps, in the Army of the James.[2] He then served as military governor of Richmond, Virginia from April 3, 1865, to July 1, 1865, when he resigned his military commission to return to private practice.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Shepley was nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant on December 8, 1869, to the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit, to a new seat authorized by 16 Stat. 44.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 22, 1869, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on July 20, 1878, due to his death in Portland.[1] He was interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.[3] His tombstone has his birth date as January 1, 1819.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l George Foster Shepley at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Tucker, Spencer C. (2013). American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection [6 volumes]: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. ABC-CLIO. p. 1761.
  3. ^ a b Appleton's Cyclopedia "George Foster Shepley"

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Political offices
Preceded by
John T. Monroe
Mayor of New Orleans (acting)
1862
Succeeded by
Godfrey Weitzel (acting)
Preceded by
Thomas Overton Moore
Governor of Louisiana
1862–1864
Succeeded by
Michael Hahn
Preceded by
Joseph C. Mayo
as Mayor of Richmond
Military Governor of Richmond
1865
Succeeded by
David J. Saunders Sr.
as Mayor of Richmond
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 16 Stat. 44
Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the First Circuit
1869–1878
Succeeded by
John Lowell