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 John Ben Shepperd

John Ben Shepperd

Gregg County, USA
Death 8 Mar 1990 (aged 74)
Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas, USA
Burial Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 6285120 · View Source
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A legendary Texan whose name is synonymous with public service. Although Shepperd served the state as Attorney General (1953-1957) and Secretary of State (1951-1953), it is his outstanding service as a volunteer for which he is best known. He chaired over 300 charitable, civic, cultural, and religious organizations, and held over 2,000 committee chairmanships. He was appointed by four presidents and seven governors to numerous national and state boards and commissions. The organizations he served bestowed numerous awards and honors on him for his tireless dedication and service. It was in the Jaycees that Shepperd emerged as a public figure. He was state and national president of the Jaycees, being named one of the nation's ten outstanding young men for 1949 in a group that included future president Gerald R. Ford and future senator Charles Percy. Appointed Texas secretary of state at age thirty-four. In 1956 he was chosen President of the National Association of Attorneys General. He also investigated Communist infiltration of labor unions. Although he voluntarily ended a promising career as an elected official at age forty-one, he remained a political adviser to his close friend, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and to many other officials. In 1992, the Texas Historical Commission placed historical markers on Shepperd's gravesite and in downtown Gladewater.

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  • Originally Created by: MB
  • Added: 23 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6285120
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Ben Shepperd (19 Oct 1915–8 Mar 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6285120, citing John Ben Shepperd Cemetery, Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by dfree46 (contributor 49181099) .