George L. Shoup
|United States Senator
December 18, 1890 – March 3, 1901
|Succeeded by||Fred Dubois|
|1st Governor of Idaho|
October 1, 1890 – December 18, 1890
|Lieutenant||N. B. Willey|
(Governor of Idaho Territory)
|Succeeded by||N. B. Willey|
|12th Governor of Idaho Territory|
April 30, 1889 – July 3, 1890
|Preceded by||Edward A. Stevenson|
(as Governor of Idaho)
June 15, 1836|
|Died||December 21, 1904
|Resting place||Pioneer Cemetery, Boise|
|Spouse(s)||Magdalena "Lena" Darnutzer Shoup (1844–1927)
(m. 1868–1904, his death)
|Children||3 sons, 3 daughters |
|Profession||Miner, merchant, rancher|
|Years of service||1861–1864 |
|Unit||3rd Colorado Cavalry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
George Laird Shoup (June 15, 1836 – December 21, 1904) was the first Governor of Idaho, and also its last territorial governor. He served several months after statehood in 1890 and then became one of the state's first United States Senators.
Born in western Pennsylvania at Kittanning, northeast of Pittsburgh, Shoup was educated in the public school system. He moved to Galesburg, Illinois, in 1852 and farmed with his father. He married Magdelena "Lena" Darnutzer of Iowa on June 15, 1868, and they had three sons and three daughters, Lena, Laura and Margaret.
During the Civil War he enlisted with the independent scouts working in New Mexico Territory, Colorado Territory, and Texas. Shoup was commissioned as a second lieutenant when the Third Colorado Cavalry was formed in 1861 and was mustered out as a colonel in December 1864. He took part in the Battle of Apache Canyon in New Mexico Territory during the Civil War and the Sand Creek massacre during the Colorado War.
After the war, Shoup moved to Virginia City, Montana Territory, and then settled across the continental divide in Salmon, a city in Idaho Territory that he helped found. He owned general merchandise stores in both locations. Shoup was appointed commissioner to organize Lemhi County, and in 1874 he was elected to the territorial legislature. With few interruptions, he served on the Republican National Committee for Idaho from 1880 to 1904.
In April 1889, President Benjamin Harrison appointed Shoup governor of Idaho Territory, a position he held until July 1890, when Idaho became a state and Idaho Territory ceased to exist. Shoup was elected the state's first governor in October. He served as governor of the new state for only a few weeks. In November 1890 the Idaho Legislature elected him to the U.S. Senate. Shoup resigned as governor in December to take his Senate seat and was succeeded by lieutenant governor N. B. Willey.
In the U.S. Senate for over a decade, from 1890 to 1901, Shoup had many interests, including pensions, education, and military affairs. He was chairman of the Committee on Territories. In that position he advocated liberal and just treatment of the Native Americans. Shoup was reelected to a full six-year term in the Senate by the state legislature in January 1895, but was defeated in January 1901 by Democrat Fred Dubois, and retired from public life and resided in Boise.
Two years later at age 66, Shoup made a final attempt to return to the U.S. Senate, but bowed out of the four-man race for the Republican nomination in the legislature in January 1903. He gave his support to fellow Pennsylvania native Weldon Heyburn of the Silver Valley, who defeated Boise attorney William Borah for the nomination and Democrat James Hawley of Boise for the seat. Four years later, Borah easily won the other U.S. Senate seat, and served for nearly 33 years.
Shoup died in Boise at age 68 on December 21, 1904, and was given a state funeral in Idaho. He is interred in Boise's Pioneer Cemetery, alongside his wife Lena, who died at Salmon in 1927.
In 1910, the state of Idaho donated a marble statue of Shoup to the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol. It was joined by a statue of Senator Borah (1865–1940) in 1947.
The unincorporated community of Shoup on the Salmon River, northwest and downstream of Salmon, was named for him in 1882. During World War II, a Liberty ship named S.S. George L. Shoup (hull #2004) was launched at the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in Portland in May 1943. A new men's dormitory at the University of Idaho in Moscow was named for him in 1958.
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- "She dwelt in Idaho for 60 years". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. June 21, 1927. p. 4.
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- "Dorm to open". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. (photo). August 14, 1958. p. b3.
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- National Governors Association
- University of Idaho Library
- Idaho State Historical Society, Reference Series #550 (1971)
- George L. Shoup at Find a Grave
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Idaho
Served alongside: William J. McConnell, Fred T. Dubois, Henry Heitfeld
Fred T. Dubois
|Governor of Idaho
N. B. Willey