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Senator James Shield
born: May 10, 1819 Almore, Ireland died June 1, 1879 at Ottumka, Iowa buried: St. Mary's Cemetery in Carrollton, Carroll County, Missouri
United States Senator. Only individual to represent three different states in Senate. Nephew of Congressman James Shields of Ohio. Attended hedge school and private schools in Ireland and pursued classical studies. Fluent in four languages. Immigrated to US, 1826. Taught school in Illinois. Studied law, admitted to bar, commenced practice in Kaskaskia, Randolph County, Illinois, 1832. Militia member, Black Hawk War, 1836. Member, Illinois House, 1836. State Auditor, 1839. Nearly fought duel with Abraham Lincoln, 1842. Anonymously written attacks on Democrat Shields appeared in Illinois papers and he believed Whig Lincoln the author, though actual author was likely Lincoln's future wife Mary Todd. Shields demanded satisfaction of a duel. Seconds convinced parties not to fight after Lincoln denied authorship and Shields accepted explanation. Shields and Lincoln became friendly after settling dispute. Judge, Illinois Supreme Court, 1843. Commissioner, US General Land Office 1845-47. Served during Mexican War, commissioned Brigadier General of Volunteers, 1846. Brevetted Major General, 1847. Commanded brigade at battles of Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo, where he was wounded. Returned to service and fought at Contreras and Churubusco. Wounded again at Chapultepec. Appointed Governor, Oregon Territory, serving 1848-49. Elected by Illinois legislature to US Senate for term commencing March 4, 1849. Declared ineligible to hold seat on grounds that since his naturalization documents had been filed eight and a half years previously he did not meet nine-year citizenship requirement specified by Constitution. Elected again by special session of state legislature for same term and took seat six months later, serving October 27, 1849 to March 3, 1855. Chairman, Committee on District of Columbia, Committee on Military Affairs. Editor "A History of Illinois, from its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847, 1854. Moved to Minnesota, 1855. Upon Minnesota's admission to Union elected to US Senate, serving May 11, 1858 to March 3, 1859. Chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims. Moved to California, employed as superintendent of a mine. Married Mary Ann Carr. Five children, three of whom survived to adulthood. Served in Union Army as Brigadier General, 1861-63. Defeated forces under command of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at Battle of Kernstown, where he was again wounded, 1862. Resigned from service after military abilities were questioned during consideration of his promotion to Major General. Returned to California. Later moved to Carrollton, Missouri. Missouri House, 1874. Missouri Adjutant General, 1874-77. Missouri House, 1879. Missouri Railroad Commissioner. Elected to US Senate to fill vacancy caused by death of Lewis V. Bogy, serving January 27, 1879 to March 3, 1879. Declined renomination because of failing health. Died while delivering speech on lecture tour. Represents Illinois in US Capitol's National Statuary Hall.
(Bio by: Bill McKern)

Robert Ingalls Simpson was born on May 25, 1892 at Tina in Carroll County. He was a 1913 graduate of Bosworth High school. He won his first honors, among them a state record in running broad jump that stood for forty-one years. After graduation he attended the University of Missouri where he attended 36 track meets, entered 103 events, winning 83 firsts, 13 seconds, and 4 thirds. He was on the All-American Track and Field Team for the years 1915-1916-1917, and on the All-American A.A. U. Track and Fields team for years 1916, 17, and 19. He served as president of his junior class and won distinction of being the graduating senior who had the highest grades of all those who participated in sports.
He entered into the military in World War I and was First Leiutenant having served in an infantry divison in France.
Two of the world's best hurdlers during World War I were Robert Simpson of the U.S. and his brother-in-law Earl Thomson of Canada. In 1916, Simpson broke Thomson's word record in the 120-yard hurdles by two-tenths of a second when he ran 14.6. That mark stood for four years before Thomson reclaimed the record with a 14.4 in 1920. One of the University of Missouri's finest athletes, Simpson won the National AAU high hurdles title in 1916 while in school, then claimed another title in 1919 representing the Illinois A.C. At the Inter-Allied Games in 1919, Simpson recorded a double victory in the 110m hurdles and 200m hurdles. As Missouri's head track coach from 1920 to 1926, he tutored future Hall of Famers Brutus Hamilton and Jackson Scholz. Simpson later coached at Iowa State University. In 1942 he re-enlisted into the army at the rank of Captain serving in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. In 1944 he was promoted to major and in 1945 was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. In 1969 he was named to the Missouri Sports hall of of Fame. ... .(Photo taken abt 1917)
Robert passed away on November 10, 1974 in Los Angeles, California and was buried at Big Creek Cemetery in Carroll County, Missouri. He was honored by the Bosworth Bicentennial Committee with the dedication of Simpson Park where a bronze plaque was set into a block of native stone which had been transported from his grandfather's farm. Track records include: Official world's records in 120 yard high hurdles; 220 yard low hurdles, American indoor: 50 yard high and low hurdles,70 yard high low hurdles and 60 yard low hurdles, European 110 meter high hurdles and other indoor and outdoor meet records.
(Photos contributed by Robert Simpson (Grandson)

Elvira Standley was born on December 20, 1830 to Hugh Standley and Delilah Ashby. Some family members believe she was born in Adair County, Kentucky but I have not found anything to prove that she wasn't born in Missouri. She married Green Gentry on August 2, 1846 in Carroll County, Missouri. No children were born of this union. She married Larkin Humphries in August 1869 in Carrollton, Carroll County. The picture to the left is that of them and Ruth Winfrey, Poly Beaty, Gene Ann. Elvira died on March 13, 1909 and is buried in the Wharton Cemetery near Bosworth, Carroll, Missouri.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

 

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