January 22, 1879

On January 22, 1879, James Shields was elected as the US Senator from Missouri. He previously served as a Senator from Illinois (1849-1855), as well as Minnesota (1858-1859). He is the only person to ever serve as a US Senator for three different states. Another item of interest is that Mr. Shields was not a native American, but instead was born and educated in Ireland. He emigrated to the US in 1826 at the age of 20 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1840. Mr. Shields also almost fought a duel with Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1842, which is a story for a separate Twisted-History entry. Suffice to say, it did not happen and both men actually became friends afterwards.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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