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Samuel A. Shelton

Samuel A. Shelton

Samuel Azariah Shelton (September 3, 1858 – September 13, 1948) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born near Waterloo, Alabama, Shelton moved with his widowed mother to Webster County, Missouri, in 1869. He attended the common schools, Mountain Dale Academy, and the Seymour and Marshfield High Schools. He taught school. He engaged in agricultural pursuits in 1881–1930. He served as clerk of the circuit court of Webster County in 1895–1899. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Marshfield, Missouri. Postmaster of Marshfield in 1906–1910. He served as prosecuting attorney of Webster County in 1914–1916. He served as chairman of the Republican county committee for four terms.

Shelton was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923). He declined to be a candidate for reelection. He resumed the practice of law in Marshfield, Missouri, where he died September 13, 1948. He was interred in Marshfield Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Samuel A. Shelton (id: S000328)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas L. Rubey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas L. Rubey