“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gladewater in Gregg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

John Ben Shepperd

(October 19, 1915 - March 8, 1990)

John Ben Shepperd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. John Ben Shepperd Marker
Inscription.  A native of Gladewater, John Ben Shepperd began a law practice in Longview soon after his graduation from the University of Texas Law School in 1941. After service in World War II, he gained prominence as national president of the Jaycees. His public service career began in 1946, when he was appointed to fill his father's unexpired term as county commissioner.

Governor Allan shivers appointed Shepperd secretary of state in 1950. He was elected attorney general in 1952 and was reelected in 1954. As attorney general, he attacked political corruption in Duval county and the misuse of state veterans land funds.

After retiring from public office in 1957, Shepperd moved to Odessa where he practiced law and supported numerous civic and charitable endeavors. He was appointed to a number of state and national boards and commissions, including the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (now Texas Historical Commission). He was the driving force in the growth and development of the Historical Marker Program, which became nationally recognized during his term as chairman. He renovated his Gladewater boyhood home and farm after his retirement.

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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. John Ben Shepperd Marker
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He is buried in the family cemetery south of town.
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9996.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesCharity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
Location. 32° 32.137′ N, 94° 56.602′ W. Marker is in Gladewater, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of East Quitman Avenue and North Main Street (U.S. 271), on the left when traveling east on East Quitman Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Quitman Avenue, Gladewater TX 75647, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gladewater Lodge No. 852, A.F. & A.M. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Franchised Motor Bus Line in Texas (about 500 feet away); Gladewater (about 500 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Gladewater (about 600 feet away); The Gladewater Discovery Well (about 600 feet away); Dr. E. L. and Nannie Lewis Walker House (about 800 feet away); Foshee Family Homestead (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Gladewater (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gladewater.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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