John Williams Shackelford

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John Williams Shackelford
Portrait of John Williams Shackelford.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1881 – January 18, 1883
Personal details
Born (1844-11-16)November 16, 1844
Richlands, North Carolina
Died January 18, 1883(1883-01-18) (aged 38)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Wallace Graveyard, Richlands, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Lieutenant[1]
Unit 3rd North Carolina
35th North Carolina
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Williams Shackelford (November 16, 1844 – January 18, 1883) was a Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1881 and 1883.


Shackelford was born in Richlands, North Carolina, the descendant of an early Virginia family which had settled at Shacklefords, Virginia. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at the age of 17 and rose to the rank of lieutenant during the war. In 1872, he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he served for six years, when he was elected to the North Carolina Senate. After a single two-year term in the Senate, he was elected to the 47th United States Congress in 1880. Shackelford died in Washington, D.C. during his first and only term in office, in January 1883. He is buried in his hometown of Richlands.


  1. ^ Powell, William S (2009). Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. University of North Carolina Press. p. 319. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Daniel L. Russell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Wharton J. Green