J. P. Shelton

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J. P. Shelton
JP Shelton.jpg
Shelton cropped from the 1947 composite members photo of the Alabama House of Representatives
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the Tuscaloosa County district
In office
Succeeded by Ryan DeGraffenried, Sr.
Personal details
Born James Pervis Shelton
(1886-10-02)October 2, 1886
Cuba, Sumter County, Alabama
Died May 6, 1954(1954-05-06) (aged 67)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Annie Elizabeth Walker (1905–?)
Children Eva Ray, Janett, Joseph Vernon, Bacon Bernard

James Pervis Shelton[n1] (October 2, 1886 – May 6, 1954) was a politician from the U.S. state of Alabama.

Shelton was born in Cuba, Alabama in 1886 to Louis Caserel and Nancy (née Thorn) Shelton.[1] He served as Tuscaloosa's Justice of the Peace from 1920 until 1926. He also served on the city's Board of Registrars from 1935 to 1947.[1] Shelton, a Democrat, was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1947 for the district of Tuscaloosa. During his time in the house, Shelton played an instrumental role in the building of new trade schools in the Tuscaloosa area,[2] serving until his death in 1954.[1] Shelton died in May 1954 shortly after winning the Democratic nomination for another term in the House of Representatives. He was buried in Tuscaloosa.[3] In a resolution presented to the House, close colleague Artemas K. "Temo" Callahan described him as a "true southern gentleman and genuine statesman".[3] Ryan DeGraffenried, Sr. was elected in a special election for his seat in November.[4]

A trade school that opened in 1953 was named the J. P. Shelton Trade School following his death by a joint resolution in the Alabama House of Representatives.[2] The school was later renamed Shelton State Community College after a merger with Brewer State Junior College in 1979.[2] Shelton and former representative Callahan were both honored at Shelton State's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2003.[5]

Shelton married Annie Elizabeth Walker of York, Alabama on January 24, 1905.[1] They had four children, Eva Ray, Janett, Joseph Vernon, and Bacon Bernard.[1] He was a member of the Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias and wrote a newspaper column, "Shelton Says", and a book of the same title.[1]


  • ^[n1] Middle name also spelled "Purvis"


  1. ^ a b c d e f Alabama official and statistical register. State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives and History. 1951. p. 282. 
  2. ^ a b c "October 1947 Regional Vocational and Trade School Act passed by Alabama Legislature". Faculty.sheltonstate.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Resolution Lauding J.P. Shelton Due Adoption In House". The Tuscaloosa News. January 11, 1955. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Kyle, Bob (January 7, 1959). "Senator DeGraffenried Is Expected To Hold His Own". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "First black student just one of those who helped make history at Shelton State". TuscaloosaNews.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-08-08.