Samuel A. Shelton

Samuel Azariah Shelton (* September 3, 1858 in Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Alabama, † September 13, 1948 in Marshfield, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1921 and 1923 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1869, Samuel Shelton came with his widowed mother in the Webster County, Missouri, where he attended the public schools and the Mountain Dale Academy. After that, he taught for some time even as a teacher. In the years 1881 to 1930 Shelton worked in addition to his other activities, including agriculture. From 1895 to 1898 he was bailiff at the District Court in Webster County. After a subsequent law degree in 1901 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to practice in this profession in Marshfield. Between 1906 and 1910, Shelton was postmaster in Marshfield; 1914 to 1916, he served as a prosecutor in Webster County. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. He was elected four times to the district chairman.

In the congressional elections of 1920, Shelton was in the 16th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas L. Rubey on March 4, 1921. Since he resigned in 1922 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1923. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Shelton was an attorney in Marshfield again, where he died on September 13, 1948 at the age of 90 years.