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Ashton C. Shallenberger

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Ashton C. Shallenberger
15th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 7, 1909 – January 5, 1911
LieutenantMelville R. Hopewell
Preceded byGeorge L. Sheldon
Succeeded byChester Hardy Aldrich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byJohn N. Norton
Succeeded byCharles Gustav Binderup
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byFred Gustus Johnson
Succeeded byTerry Carpenter
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1929
Preceded byWilliam E. Andrews
Succeeded byFred Gustus Johnson
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919
Preceded bySilas Reynolds Barton
Succeeded byWilliam E. Andrews
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byRoderick D. Sutherland
Succeeded byGeorge W. Norris
Personal details
Ashton Cokayne Shallenberger

(1862-12-23)December 23, 1862
Toulon, Illinois
DiedFebruary 22, 1938(1938-02-22) (aged 75)
Franklin, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Eliza Zilg
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Ashton Cokayne Shallenberger (December 23, 1862 – February 22, 1938) was a Nebraska Democratic politician and the 15th Governor of Nebraska from 1909 to 1911.

Early life and education

Shallenberger was born in Toulon, Illinois on December 23, 1862. He was educated in the public schools and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[1] He was married to Eliza Zilg in 1885[2] and they had two children.


After a move to Stromsburg, Polk County, Nebraska, in 1881, Shallenberger became a clerk, a banker and a rancher. He moved to Alma, Harlan County, Nebraska in 1887 and founded the Bank of Alma.[3] He was first elected to the 57th United States Congress but failed to be reelected in 1902.

According to Southwest Virginia folklore, in 1902 Shallenberger, Alma Journal editor H. S. Wetherald, and carriage dealer Frank Griggsby, were startled by the apparition of a Woman in Black.[4]

His first attempt at the Governorship came in 1906, running under a Fusion label of the state Democratic and Populist parties, where he lost to Republican George L. Sheldon. He was then elected governor in 1908, defeating Sheldon in a narrowly won rematch. Shallenberger served from 1909 to 1911, his tenure included the adoption of the State Guarantee of Deposits Law and the "Oregon Plan", a direct primary bill regarding the election of United States Senators.[5] He lost an attempt at a second term in 1910, losing in the Democratic primary to James Charles Dahlman.

Unsuccessful in running for Senate from Nebraska in 1912, Shallenberger was elected a congressman to the 64th and 65th congresses (1915–1919), but was unsuccessful in being reelected to the 66th in 1918. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920, and was elected to the 68th, 69th, and 70th congresses from 1923 to 1929. Unsuccessful in being reelected to the 71st in 1929, but was successful in running for the 72nd and 73rd (1931–1935). He failed to be renominated in 1934, and returned to banking and breeding shorthorn cattle. Shallenberger was one of four governors (three of Nebraska, one of Wyoming) to come from the city of Osceola, Nebraska.


Shallenberger died on February 22, 1938 and is interred at Alma Cemetery, in Alma, Nebraska.[6]


  1. ^ "Ashton C. Shallenberger". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  2. ^ "Ashton C. Shallenberger". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ashton C. Shallenberger". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Harvey, Neil. "The Woman in Black". Discover history & heritage. Mysteries of Southwest Virginia. The Roanoke Times, 2016. p. 92-97. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Ashton C. Shallenberger. The Encyclopedia of Nebraska. January 1999. ISBN 9780403098347. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Ashton C. Shallenberger". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 18, 2012.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
George W. Berge
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska
1906, 1908
Succeeded by
James Dahlman
First Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Nebraska
(Class 2)

Succeeded by
John H. Morehead
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Roderick Dhu Sutherland (Populist)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th congressional district

1901 – 1903
Succeeded by
George W. Norris (R)
Preceded by
Silas Reynolds Barton (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th congressional district

1915 – 1919
Succeeded by
William E. Andrews (R)
Preceded by
William E. Andrews (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th congressional district

1923 – 1929
Succeeded by
Fred Gustus Johnson (R)
Preceded by
Fred Gustus Johnson (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th congressional district

1931 – 1933
Succeeded by
Terry Carpenter (D)
Preceded by
John N. Norton (D)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 4th congressional district

1933 – 1935
Succeeded by
Charles Gustav Binderup (D)
Political offices
Preceded by
George L. Sheldon
Governor of Nebraska
1909 – 1911
Succeeded by
Chester H. Aldrich
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