Hometown of United States Senator Morris Sheppard - Naples, Morris County, Texas
Address:
Directions: US 67 and Baker St.
Marker #: 5343007855
Year Dedicated: 1968
Size, type: 27" x 42"
Last reported condition: Fair; Refinish
Hometown of United States Senator Morris Sheppard - (1875-1941) One of great lawmakers of the United States. Born near Naples, son of John L. and Alice Eddins Sheppard. Attended local schools. Received degrees of B. A. and LL.B., University of Texas; LL.M., Yale; LL.D., Southern Methodist University. Entered law practice in 1898. Served in United States Congress 1902-1913; United States Senate, 1913-1941. Active in legislation for agriculture, waterways, topographical and geological surveys, development of helium and potash deposits, construction and improvement of Federal buildings (including National Archives), Federal insurance for bank deposits, and Air Mail service. Author in Senate of Federal Credit Union Act, the Federal Maternity and Infancy Act, and the 19th (Prohibition) Amendment. He supported the 19th (Woman's Suffrage) Amendment. One of creators of World War I Aircraft Board, he continued to champion military aviation, even when air power was discredited during 1920s and 30s. His leadership prevented disastrous curtailment of air power, and helped prepare nation's air defenses in World War II. He was chairman, Senate Military Affairs Committee, 1933-1941. Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, was named in his honor in 1942. He married Lucile Sanderson; they had 3 daughters.
Coordinates:
Decimal degrees:  N 33.198448   W -94.684587
Degrees, minutes: N 33 11.907   W 094 41.075
UTM: Zone 15, Easting 342977, Northing 3674551
Senator Morris Sheppard
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