John P. C. Shanks

Quill platform ID: p11283.

"'(June 17, 1826 -- January 23, 1901) John Peter Cleaver Shanks was a(n) lawyer, public servant, soldier, and American politician. Shanks was born in Martinsburg, Virginia and moved to Portland, Indiana in 1849. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1848. John served as a prosecuting attorney of Jay County (1850 & 1851) and member of the State house of representatives (1855 & 1879). John also served in the Union Army as a colonel and aide to camp. He was elected as a Republican to the 37th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, and 43rd Congresses (March 4, 1861 - March 3, 1863 & March 4, 1867 - March 3, 1875) and was reelected in the 38th and 44th Congresses. During his time in Congress, he served as chairman on the Committee on Militia (41st Congress) and on the Committee on Indian Affairs (42nd Congress). [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at]"

Member of Indiana Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment, Indiana Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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