Ebenezer J. Shields

Ebenezer J. Shields ( born December 22, 1778 in Georgia, † April 21, 1846 in La Grange, Texas ) was an American politician. Between 1835 and 1839 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1809 Ebenezer Shields came to Tennessee, where he settled in Giles County near Lynnville. There he continued his education. Until 1827 Shields studied at the University of Nashville. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Pulaski to work in his new profession. Politically, he joined in the 1830s the opposition against President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Whig Party, founded in 1835.

Between 1833 and 1835 Shields sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Tennessee. In the congressional elections of 1834 he was in the tenth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrats William Marshall Inge on March 4, 1835. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1839 two legislative sessions. In 1838 he was defeated by Democrat Aaron V. Brown. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Shields practiced again as a lawyer in Pulaski. In 1844 he moved his residence and his law firm to Memphis. He died on 21 April 1846 in the vicinity of La Grange, Texas.