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George Foster Shepley

army officer , jurist

George Foster Shepley, American army officer, jurist.


Shepley, George Foster was born on January 1, 1819 in Saco, Maine, United States. Son of Ether and Anna (Foster) Shepley.


Graduate Dartmouth, 1837, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1878.


Practiced law, Bangor, Maine, 1839. United States district attorney for Maine, 1848-1849, 53-61. Delegate Democratic National Convention, Charleston, 1860, and adjourned session in Baltimore.

Commissioned colonel 12th Regiment, 12th Maine Volunteers, 1861. Military cmdt. of New Orleans, 1862, assigned to command of defenses of New Orleans. Military governor Louisiana, 1862-1864.

Commissioned brigadier general, 1862. In command of District of Eastern Virginia in XXV Army Corps under General Weitzel, 1864. Military governor Richmond, 1865.

Circuit judge The United States of America Court, specializing in equity and patent cases, 1869-1878.


Married Lucy A. Hayes, July 24, 1844. Married second, Helen Merrill, May 23, 1872.

Ether Shepley

Anna (Foster) Shepley

Lucy A. Hayes

Helen Merrill