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date: 14 December 2019

Shannon, Wilsonlocked

(24 February 1802–30 August 1877)
  • Graham Alexander Peck


Shannon, Wilson (24 February 1802–30 August 1877), lawyer and politician, was born at Mount Olivet in Belmont County, Ohio Territory, the son of George Shannon and Jane Milligan, farmers. After farming until sixteen, Shannon attended Ohio University in Athens from 1818 to 1819 and Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, from 1819 to 1821. In 1822 he left college without graduating and returned to Ohio to study law in St. Clairsville. In 1825 he married Elizabeth Ellis. They had one child. Admitted to the bar in 1826, Shannon started a law practice and soon entered politics. He unsuccessfully sought a judgeship in 1830 and in 1832 lost a congressional election. Elizabeth Shannon had died in 1831, and in 1832 he married Sara (or Sarah) Osbun; they had seven children. In 1833 and 1835 voters elected him county prosecuting attorney, and in 1838 he realized his ambitions by winning the governorship on a Democratic antibank platform. Despite reforming banks and stabilizing the state debt, Shannon lost his reelection bid in 1840 to ...

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