Benjamin F. Shively

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Benjamin Franklin Shively
Shively, Benjamin Franklin.jpg
United States Senator
from Indiana
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 14, 1916
Preceded byJames A. Hemenway
Succeeded byThomas Taggart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 13th district
In office
December 1, 1884 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byWilliam H. Calkins
Succeeded byGeorge Ford
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byGeorge Ford
Succeeded byCharles G. Conn
Personal details
Born(1857-03-20)March 20, 1857
Osceola, Indiana
DiedMarch 14, 1916(1916-03-14) (aged 58)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyNational Anti-Monopolist, Democrat
Alma materNorthern Indiana Normal School
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Benjamin Franklin Shively (March 20, 1857 – March 14, 1916) was a United States representative (1884 to 1885 and 1887 to 1893) and Senator (1909 to 1916) from Indiana.


Born near Osceola, Indiana, attended the common schools and the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso. He taught school from 1874 to 1880, engaged in journalism from 1880 to 1884, and was secretary of the National Anti-Monopoly Association in 1883. In 1884 he was president of the board of Indiana University and was elected as a National Anti-Monopolist to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William H. Calkins, serving from December 1, 1884, to March 3, 1885.

Shively graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1886, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in South Bend, Indiana.


He was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth, Fifty-first, and Fifty-second Congresses, serving from March 4, 1887, to March 4, 1893; he was not a candidate for renomination in 1892, and resumed the practice of law in South Bend. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1896, and was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress; in 1909 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, was reelected in 1914 and served from March 4, 1909, until his death. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Pacific Railroads (Sixty-second Congress) and a member of the Committee on Pensions (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses).


Shively died in Washington, D.C.; interment was in the Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, Pennsylvania.

See also


  • United States Congress. "Benjamin F. Shively (id: S000371)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Benjamin F. Shively, late a representative from Indiana, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1917

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Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
First Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Indiana
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator from Indiana
March 4, 1909 – March 14, 1916
Succeeded by
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