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pendent and able thinker. He may truly be said to be one of the modest, but hard-working efficient members of the house. He is chairman of the committee on engrossed and enrolled bills, and a member of the committees on manufactures and commerce, and apportionment.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. A.E. SHELDON represents the fifty-third district in the house, and was elected as a straight populist. He was born at Sheldon, Minnesota, of Puritan ancestors, April 15, 1861. His father was a Baptist clergyman and an anti-slavery leader. The father having died while the son was an infant, the widowed mother earned a living for herself and child by teaching. They came to Nebraska in June, 1869, entered a pre-emption near Beaver Crossing, in Seward county, where the boy worked on the farm for the next ten years with scant educational advantages. He moved to Crete in 1879, and attended Doane College for the next five years, teaching, however, part of the time. After a year at the State University, at Lincoln, he worked in Omaha as reporter and compositor, afterwards starting a newspaper at Tilden, Madison county, and advocating the election of James G. Blaine to the



presidency. In 1886 he homesteaded in Cherry county, removing in 1888 to Chadron, where he has since been engaged in the newspaper business. He voted for Clinton B. Fisk for president in 1888, joined the populist party in 1890, and has been active in every campaign since. He was elected a delegate to the Omaha convention in 1892 and alternate to the St. Louis convention in 1896, where he favored the nomination of Thomas E. Watson for vice president. He married Miss Jennie A. Denton, a schoolmate at Doane College, in 1884. They have two girls and one boy. Representative Sheldon is chairman of the committee on public lands and buildings, and is a member of the committees on finance, ways and means, county boundaries, county seats and township organization, rules, apportionment, public printing, irrigation, and privileges and elections.


PictureSpacerIcon or sketchON. JOHN C. SHULL represents the third district, or Nemaha county, in the lower house, and is a Legislator of fine scholarship. He was born in Adair county, Missouri, October, 1860, and is a son of Dr. H. I. Shull, of Auburn, this state. He was educated in the public and normal schools of his native state, and has taught most of his life since the age of sev-



enteen. He came to Nebraska in 1888, edited a populist paper three years at Tecumseh, was principal of the Brownville schools two years, and held a similar position in the Nemaha schools, when he received the populist nomination in the campaign of 1896 for the position he now holds. He was endorsed by the democrats, made a vigorous and able campaign, and was elected by a handsome majority. Professor Shull is a pioneer in the cause of modern economic reform, and has been a consistent champion of the principles of the populist party, boldly exposing the dangerous purpose of the organized money power. He was married in 1890 to Miss Lizzie Greer, of Auburn, and the union has been felicitous. Represenative Shull has an enviable standing among his colleagues as a conscientious and diligent legislator. He is chairman of the committee on university and normal schools, and is a member of the committees on internal improvements, constitutional amendments, apportionment, fees and salaries.


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PictureSpacerIcon or sketchNE of the young men who has made a decided and favorable impression upon the present legislature as a member of the house is Hon. Dudley Smith, of Omaha. He came to our metropolitan city from St. Joseph in 1888 and engaged in the wholesale grocery business. He is president of the Steel-Smith Grocery Company, and was for a long time connected with important business firms in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Pueblo, Colorado. In every great enterprise of a public character in his city he takes a leading part. He is a director in the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, the Knights of Ak Sar Ben, and gave the last mentioned order its name, and is also a director of the Omaha Fair and Speed Association. By appointment of Governor Crounse he represented Nebraska in national commercial conventions at Galveston, Texas, and San Francisco. He was one of the five of the subcommittee appointed by the Nebraska delegation to the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress at Omaha to draft the resolution locating the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition. Mr. Smith introduced House Roll 93, the appropriation bill providing for state aid to this great enterprise, and his measure became law. Representative Smith is a gentleman of splendid

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