John Williams Shackelford

John Williams Shackelford ( born November 16, 1844 in Richlands, Onslow County, North Carolina; † January 18, 1883 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1881 and 1883 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Shackelford attended the public schools of his home including the Richlands Academy. During the Civil War he was a soldier in the army of the Confederacy. His rank is specified differently in the sources. His grave stone gives his rank as sergeant, while his Congress biography identifies him as a lieutenant.

After the war, Shackelford began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1872 and 1878 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina; 1878 to 1880 he was a member of the State Senate. In the congressional elections of 1880 he was in the third constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Daniel Lindsay Russell on March 4, 1881. John Shackelford could not finish his ending actually on March 3, 1883 legislative session in Congress, because he already died on 18 January 1883. He was buried in his birthplace of Richlands.