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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Stephen B. Shelledy

STEPHEN B. SHELLEDY was born in Kentucky in 1802. He came to Iowa in 1842 and took up his residence at “Tool's Point” (now Monroe), then in Mahaska County. He was elected by the Whigs to the First Constitutional Convention which assembled that year. In 1845 he was chosen to represent Mahaska, Washington and Keokuk counties in the House of the Territorial Legislature and was reëlected, serving until Iowa became a State. He was a member of the Second Constitutional Convention which framed the organic law under which the Territory became a State. In 1854 he was a member of the Whig State Committee which managed the campaign that resulted in the election of James W. Grimes, Governor. This was the first defeat of the Democratic party since Iowa had an existence. In 1858 Colonel Shelledy was again elected to the General Assembly and was chosen Speaker of the House. He died a few years later.