SHALLENBERGER, Ashton Cokayne, (1862 - 1938)


”Around the Capital” (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

SHALLENBERGER, Ashton Cokayne, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Toulon, Stark County, Ill., December 23, 1862; attended the common schools and the University of Illinois at Urbana; moved to Stromsburg, Polk County, Nebr., in 1881, to Osceola, Polk County, Nebr., in 1883, and to Alma, Harlan County, Nebr., in 1887; engaged in banking and also in stock raising; temporary chairman of the Democratic State conventions in 1897 and 1919; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1903); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; Governor of Nebraska 1908-1911; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1912 to the United States Senate; elected to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920; elected to the Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress; elected to the Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1935); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934; resumed banking and also engaged in agricultural pursuits and the breeding of shorthorn cattle; died in Franklin, Nebr., while on a visit, February 22, 1938; interment in Alma Cemetery, Alma, Nebr.