John E Shackford’s 1835 Re-election as the U.S. Senate’s Sergeant at Arms Announced in the Newspaper 183 Years Ago Today (Blog 482)

John E Shackford CONGRESS., Alexandria Gazette, 16 December 1835; Chronicling AmericaCONGRESS.

The Senate re-elected its old officers without
opposition. John Shackford, Sergeant at Arms.
Mr. Benton called up his resolution provid-
ing for seats on the floor for the gentleman com-
ing as Senators from Michigan. The resolution
was opposed by Mr. Clay, Mr. Clayton and Mr.
King of Alabama, and was finally laid on the
The Senate ordered the appointment of its
Committee’s to-morrow.


John, the son of John and Amelia (Moore) Shackford was born Sept 2, 1786 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  He married Jane C Smallcorn on September 1808, moved to Saint Louis where he operated a steamboat and freight warehouse, sold dry goods in partnership with Nathan Ranney, and invested in stock of the Louisville and Portland Canal. He was elected Assistant Doorkeeper of the Senate in 1832 and moved to Washington DC.  In 1837 he obtained an approved absence from the Senate, then moved back to Saint Louis where he died on August 16, 1837. John left a very large bequest to the American Bible Society, the Foreign Missionary Society, the Home Missionary Society, Marion College, and to his family members.


Amelia Jane Shackford (1809-1882) married Nathan Ranney

Caroline Shackford (1813-1818)

Ann Deborah Shackford (1815-1898) married Joshua Thomas Tucker

George R Shackford (1816-1871) married Margaret E Robinson

Charlotte Louisa Shackford (1817-1845) married Charles Chauncy Shackford

Cornelia W Shackford (1825-1873) married Archibald Scott Rutherfurd

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“CONGRESS.,” Alexandria Gazette, 16 December 1835; Chronicling America ( : accessed 16 December 1835).

Kennedy, The National Magazine: A Monthly Journal of American History, Volume 7 (Magazine of Western History Publishing Co, 1887), Page 293-4; digital images, Google eBooks ( : accessed 20 August 2013.

“Large Bequest,” New York Tribune (New York, New York), 17 November 1841, Mr Shackford made large disposition of his property; digital images, Library of Congress ( : accessed 11 July 2013), Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers. Image 2.

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