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Niobrara in Knox County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Life After the Expedition

Lewis and Clark National History Trail

— George Shannon Trail —

Life After the Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 7, 2021
1. Life After the Expedition Marker
George Shannon was in St. Louis in 1810 when he was authorized to travel to Pennsylvania to assist historian Nicholas Biddle in editing the Lewis and Clark journals. While working on the journals, Shannon decided he would like to study law. Shannon obtained entry into the prestigious Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky for himself and his brothers David, James, and Wilson.

After completing his studies, he joined a law firm in Lexington, Kentucky and married Ruth Snowden Price who came from a prominent family. They raised seven children.

George Shannon had a natural gift for public speaking. He was often called upon to speak at community events and is remembered for an address on the virtues of George Washington which was given at a celebration of the first President's birthday in 1814.

Recording the Journey
”Few explorers who saw and did so much that was absolutely new have written of their deeds with such quiet absence of boastfulness, and have drawn their descriptions with such complete freedom from exaggeration.”
—Theodore Roosevelt
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationExploration. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1810.
Location. 42° 45.015′ N, 98° 1.989′ W. Marker is in Niobrara, Nebraska, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Walnut Street (Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway) (State Highway 12) and Spruce Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niobrara NE 68760, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Sage Brothers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ponca Tribe (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pow Wow! (approx. 3.2 miles away); I Carry My Home With Me (approx. 3.3 miles away); Our Ponca Tribal Community Building (approx. 3.3 miles away); An Ocean of Grass (approx. 3.3 miles away); Water Invites Reflection (approx. 3.3 miles away); Symbol of Our Spirit (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niobrara.
Also see . . .  George Shannon. George Shannon studied law more formally than many attorneys of the day, although he did not complete the two-year course at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
Marker detail: You Are Here image. Click for full size.
Matt Kriege, © 2004, George Shannon Trail
2. Marker detail: You Are Here
He left college during his second year, in 1810, when political change in Washington, D.C., temporarily cut off his pension. Shannon had continued to study law while working with Biddle, and afterward, then returned to Lexington to begin practicing later in 1812. The law practice was reasonably successful, but suffered from cash-flow problems typical of frontier attorneys. In the early 1820s, he was elected to three successive one-year terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives (Submitted on September 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Life After the Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 7, 2021
3. Life After the Expedition Marker
(looking south from Nebraska Highway 12)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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