Augustine Henry Shepperd

Augustine Henry Shepperd ( born February 24, 1792 in Rockford, Surry County, North Carolina; † July 11, 1864 in Salem, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1827 and 1851 he represented three times the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Augustine Shepperd first attended the primary school. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in Surry County in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the 1820s Shepperd joined the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. Between 1822 and 1826, he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1826 he was in the ninth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Romulus Mitchell Saunders on March 4, 1827. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1839 six legislative periods. These were minted until 1837 by the discussions about the policy of President Jackson. It was mainly about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and the Bank's policy. Early 1830s Augustine Shepperd became a political opponent of Jackson. Later he became a member of the Whig party. In Congress, Sheppard was 1829-1831 Chairman of the Committee for the control of the expenditure of the Navy Department. He then initiated a similar committees to manage expenditure on war and foreign affairs.

In 1838 Shepperd was defeated by Democrat John Hill. Two years later he was able to win in the congressional elections of 1840 as a candidate of the Whigs his old seat in the ninth district. Until March 3, 1843, he spent a further term in Congress, during which he was chairman of the Committee for the control of public expenditure. This legislative session was dominated by the tensions between his party and the new President John Tyler.

In the 1846 elections Shepperd was selected in the fourth district of North Carolina as a successor of Alfred Dockery again in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he graduated last two legislative sessions between March 4, 1847, and March 3, 1851. These were initially overshadowed even by the events of the Mexican-American War. After his final retirement from Congress Augustine Shepperd again practiced as a lawyer. He died on July 11, 1864 at his estate "Good Spring" in today's Winston- Salem.