Odell Shepard

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Odell Shepard
66th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
In office
Governor Robert A. Hurley
Preceded by James L. McConaughy
Succeeded by William L. Hadden
Personal details
Born (1884-07-22)July 22, 1884
Sterling, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 19, 1967(1967-07-19) (aged 82)
New London, Connecticut, U.S.

Odell Shepard (July 22, 1884 in Sterling, Illinois – July 19, 1967 in New London, Connecticut) was an American professor, poet, and politician who was the 66th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1941 to 1943.[1] He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1938.[2]


Shepard was born in Illinois. He graduated from Harvard University, and taught at the English department of Yale University. A professor of English at Trinity College in 1917-1946,[3] he was a mentor to Abbie Huston Evans.[4] He edited the works of Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Shepard wrote a biography of Bronson Alcott, the father of writer Louisa May Alcott and one of the foremost Transcendentalists: Pedlar's Progress: The Life of Bronson Alcott, published by Little, Brown in 1937,[5] for which he won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[2]

His papers are held at Trinity College.[3]

He died in 1967.





  • Willard Shepard (1946). Holdfast Gaines. The Macmillan company. 
  • Willard Shepard (1951). Jenkins' Ear. Macmillan. 


  • Henry David Thoreau (1921). A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers. Scribner's. 
  • Essays of 1925. E.V. Mitchell. 1926. 
  • Essays of today 1926-1927. The Century co. 1928. 
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1934). Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: representative selections. American Book Company. 


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Political offices
Preceded by
James L. McConaughy
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
William L. Hadden