- Paul David Nelson
Shepard, William (01 December 1737–16 November 1817), soldier and congressman, was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, the son of John Shepard, a tanner, and Elizabeth Noble. Reared in an atmosphere of Congregational rectitude (his father was a deacon of the church) and educated in the public schools of Westfield, he grew to adulthood as a sober, honest citizen whom his neighbors respected. He had his first experience of soldiering at the age of seventeen, when he enlisted as a private in the Massachusetts militia during the French and Indian War. Gaining valuable experience in the profession of arms during that long conflict, he served for seven years and achieved the rank of captain under Sir ...