Biography of James M. Shepard
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Mr. Shepard was born in North Brookfield. Mass., November, 24, 1840, and at a very early age removed to Boston. He is the youngest son of Lucy (Bush) and Rev. James Shepard, of the New England Methodist Episcopal Conference, and grandson of Gen. James Shepard, of the army of the Revolution. After preparatory study at the Wilbraham Academy, he entered the Wesleyan University at Middletown, Conn., and there received a thorough classical education. Subsequently he studied medicine and dental surgery at Boston. During the war, he served in the medical department of the United States Navy. Upon the 3d of September, 1868, he located in Cassopolis, where he has since resided, following, until 1876, the profession of dental surgery, and since then journalism. He has been sole proprietor of the Vigilant since 1878. Mr. Shepard was elected as a Republican to the State Senate from the Twelfth District (Cass and Van Buren Counties), in 1878, receiving 5,257 votes against 1,208 for Josiah R. Hendryx, Democrat, and 4,230 for Aaron S. Dyckman, National He served acceptably to his constituency and was a valued member of the Senate. He was Chairman on the Standing Committees on the Liquor Traffic, and on Printing, and a member of the committees on Education and Public Schools, Mechanical Interests and Engrossment and Enrollment. In 1870, Mr. Shepard was united in marriage with Alice, eldest daughter of Hiram and Margaret Silver Martin. They have two children.

History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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