George L. Sheldon
George Lawson Sheldon ( born May 31, 1870 in Nehawka, Cass County, Nebraska, † April 4, 1960 in Greenville, Mississippi ) was an American politician and 1907-1909 the 15th Governor of the State of Nebraska.
Early years and political rise
After attending the local primary schools Sheldon attended the University of Nebraska, in 1892 he successfully completed. He then studied for a year at Harvard University. During the Spanish- American War he served as captain of a volunteer unit from Nebraska. Between 1902 and 1904 Sheldon sat in the Senate from Nebraska. He was a member of the Republican Party and was elected as its candidate in 1906, the new governor of Nebraska. In the elections he defeated his Democratic opponent Ashton C. Shallenberger by a clear margin.
Governor of Nebraska
Sheldon's two-year term began on January 3, 1907, and ended on January 7, 1909. During this time, a state-owned railways Committee was set up. Free tickets to use the railway were abolished, but the fares for passengers were lowered. Led by his predecessor John H. Mickey in the way law introducing the prefix system occurred during this time in force. In 1908, Sheldon was running for a second term, but this time he lost against Shallenberger.
After the end of his tenure Sheldon moved to Mississippi, where he had purchased a plantation years ago. In his new home, he was politically active. Between 1920 and 1924 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Mississippi; 1930 to 1933 he was head of the U.S. financial authorities in that State (Collector of Internal Revenue ). George Sheldon died in April 1960 at the age of almost 90 years. He was married to Rose Higgins, with whom he had four children.