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Eli Sims Shorter (March 15, 1823 – April 29, 1879) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Eli Sims Shorter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded byJames Abercrombie
Succeeded byJames L. Pugh
Personal details
Eli Sims Shorter

(1823-03-15)March 15, 1823
Monticello, Georgia
DiedApril 29, 1879(1879-04-29) (aged 56)
Eufaula, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Monticello, Georgia, Shorter attended the common schools and was graduated in law from Yale College in 1844. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Eufaula, Alabama, in 1844. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Shorter was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859). He resumed the practice of law in Eufaula, Alabama. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate States Army as colonel of the 18th Regiment Alabama Infantry. He died in Eufaula, Alabama, April 29, 1879. He was interred in Fairview Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Eli Sims Shorter (id: S000379)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-18

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Abercrombie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
James L. Pugh