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Lionel Allen Sheldon


Lionel Allen Sheldon, American governor. member 41st to 43d Congresses (1869-1875), 2d La.


Sheldon, Lionel Allen was born on August 30, 1831 in Worcester, New York, United States. Son of Allen and Anna Maria (de les Dernier) Sheldon.


Oberlin College, 1848-1850. Admitted to bar, 1853. Bachelor of Laws, Fowler Law School, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1853.


Probate judge, Lorain Company, O., 1856-1857. Practiced law, 1857-1861. Lieutenant colonel 42d Ohio Infantry, November 27, 1861 (James A. Garfield, colonel).

Colonel, March 14, 1862. Bvtd. brigadier general vols., March 13, 1865, “for faithful and meritorious services during the war”. Served in West Virginia, Kentucky, E. and W. Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Was in battles of Middle Creek, capture Cumberland Gap, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Port Gibson (wounded), Champion Hill, Big Black, Siege of Vicksburg, and (in command) Comite River, Louisiana. Mustered out at New Orleans, December 2, 1864. Practiced law, New Orleans, 1864-1879.

Member 41st to 43d Congresses (1869-1875), 2d Louisiana District. Represented government as attorney in cases from Gulf Coast before Alabama Claims Commission, and commission to revise customs regulations for Gulf Coast. Presidential elector, 1876.

Governor of New Mexico, 1881-1885. Receiver of Texas & Pacific Railway, 1885-1887. Sold it November 1887, and removed to California.

In practice at Los Angeles, since 1887. Home: Pasadena, Calif.


  • He was one of the receivers of the Texas and Pacific Railway from 1885 to 1887


Member 41st to 43d Congresses (1869-1875), 2d La.


Married Mary Greene Miles, December 29, 1868.


Anna Maria (de

Mary Greene Miles