Elijah V. Brookshire

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Elijah Brookshire
From 1894's The History of the Democratic Party from Thomas Jefferson to Grover Cleveland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byJames T. Johnston
Succeeded byGeorge W. Faris
Personal details
Elijah Voorhees Brookshire

August 15, 1856
Ladoga, Indiana
DiedApril 14, 1936(1936-04-14) (aged 79)
Seattle, Washington
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materCentral Indiana Normal College

Elijah Voorhees Brookshire (August 15, 1856 – April 14, 1936) was an American lawyer and politician who served three terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1889 to 1895.

Early life

Born near Ladoga, Indiana, Brookshire attended the common schools, and was graduated from Central Indiana Normal College at Ladoga in August 1878.[1]

He taught in the common schools of Montgomery County, Indiana from 1879 to 1882 and he also engaged in agricultural pursuits. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Crawfordsville the same year.[1] He married Amanda Harshbarger in 1883.[2]



Brookshire was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress.[1]

Later career

He resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1894. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1925, and to Seattle, Washington, in 1935, having retired from active law practice in 1925.[1]


He died in Seattle, Washington, April 14, 1936 and was interred in Harshbarger Cemetery, near Ladoga, Indiana.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e
    • United States Congress. "Elijah V. Brookshire (id: B000886)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ "Clipped From The Indianapolis Star". The Indianapolis Star. 1936-04-18. p. 8. Retrieved 2020-04-18.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
Succeeded by