Morris Sheppard

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John Morris Sheppard (May 28, 1875 April 9, 1941) was a Democratic United States Congressman and United States Senator from Texas.


John Morris Sheppard was born in Morris County, Texas, the oldest of seven children, to lawyer and later judge and United States Congressman, John Levi Sheppard and his wife Margaret Alice (Eddins) Sheppard.

Through his mother Margaret, Morris was a direct descendent of Robert Morris (1734–1806) who had signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.


Sheppard enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in 1891 and received his B.A. degree from there in 1895, as well as his LL.B. from University of Texas School of Law in 1897. It was while enrolled at UT-Austin Law School that Sheppard became a member of the Methodist Church. He was also a close friend and classmate of future Governor of Texas Pat Neff and future U. S. Senator Tom Connally while at the University of Texas School of Law. In 1898, he received his LL.M. from Yale University.

He began practicing law with his father in Pittsburg, Texas and later......
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