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George Howell Shields

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George Howell Shields

Posted: 984225600000
Classification: Obituary
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Surnames: Shields, Warren
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 28, 1924:


He Was Veteran of Civil War and For Many Years Active in Governmental Affairs

The funeral of former Circuit Judge George H. Shields will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday at the Second Presbyterian Church, Westminister place and Taylor avenue. The elders of the church will act as pallbearers. Burial will be at Hannibal, Mo.

Judge Shields, who was 81 years old last June, died yesterday, from the infirmities of age, at his home, 3663 Delmar boulevard. He is survived by two sons, George H. Shields, Jr. and Leighton Shields, both of St. Louis, and a daughter, Mrs. W. M. Warren of Boston. Mrs. Shields died in 1913.

Two Terms on Circuit Bench

Judge Shields served two terms on the circuit bench, the second ending in 1920. He was born in Kentucky, but was reared in Northern Missouri, and at Hannibal he went to school with Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), though the two were not classmates, Clemens being older and farther advanced. He studied in Westminister College, Fulton, and he was later a member to the Fifty-third Enrolled Missouri Militia regiment, a Union organization, which took part in an engagement with Confederate troops at Palmyra. He studied law in Louisville, and began practicing law in Hannibal.

In 1870 he was elected to the Legislature as a Republican. Nicholas M. Bell of St. Louis is one of his surviving colleagues in that session, the Twenty-sixth General Assembly. He was elected a member of the Constitutional convention of 1875, which framed the constitution adopted in the following year and still in force. He located in St. Louis, and was chairman of the Board of Freeholders which framed the charter in force until 1914.

Under President Harrison's administration, when Gen. John W. Noble of St. Louis was Secretary of the Interior, Shields was Assistant Attorney-General for the Interior Department, and in his position he had important legal duties connected with the opening to settlers of large parts of the present State of Oklahoma, acquired by purchase from Indian tribes.

Law Partner of Gen. Noble

In his private practice in St. Louis, he was associated with Gen. Noble. He served as a special counsel for the United States before the commission which considered claims growing out of the difficulties between this country and Chile, occurring during the Harrison administration. He was a former president of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and a member of Frank P. Blair Post, G. A. R. He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, and an elder in the Second Church, here.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 28, 1924:

Judge G. H. Shields, Dies at Home Here at Age of 81 Years

Was One of Two Surviving Members of Constitutional Convention

Former Circuit Judge George H. Shields, 81, died at his home, 3665 Delmar boulevard, yesterday morning of old age. He was one of the two surviving members of the constitutional convention of 1875.

Shields was born in Bardstown, Ky., in 1842, but came to Missouri with his parents two years later and made this state his home ever since that time. He was educated in private schools in Hannibal and finished his education in Westminister College at Fulton and received a degree of bachelor of laws from Louisville Law School in 1865.

From that year until 1875 he practiced law in Hannibal. For the next ten years he practiced law in this city, in partnership with John H. Henderson. From 1883 to 1889 he practiced alone here and then moved to Washington, D. C., to take up the duties of Assistant Attorney General of the United States and counsel for the Interior Department under President Harrison, until 1893.

Elected Circuit Judge

The following year he returned to St. Louis and, until 1903, practiced law here with John W. Noble as partner. Then a new firm was formed, that of Barclay, Shields and Fauntleroy, which held forth for two years.

In 1907 he was elected Circuit Judge on the Republican ticket, leading his ticket.

In addition to his large law practice, he was at various times Captain of the Fifty-third Regiment of enrolled Missouri Militia; City Attorney of Hannibal, Mor.; member of the General Assembly at this state from Marion county, member and president of the St. Louis Board of Freeholders which formed the scheme and charter for this city, agent and counsel for the United States before the Chilean Claims Commission, master in chancery, United States Circuit Court, and chairman of the Republican State Committee.

Elder in Church

Judge Shields was a Presbyterian and was an elder of the Second Presbyterian Church. He was a member and for four years president of the Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and a member of the Frank P. Blair Post, G. A. R.

Two sons, Col. George H. Shields, Jr. and Leighton Shields, an attorney of this city, and one daughter, Mrs. William M. Warren of Boston, Mass., survive.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock in the Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminister place.
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