George Howell Shields' Mother:
Obit of Maria (Martha) Shields
Death of Mrs. Shields
St. Louis, Mo.,
Mrs. Maria Shields, widow of Hon. George W. Shields, died at Hannibal this evening. Her sons, George Shields, assistant attorney general of the United States and Dr. D. H. Shields, late chairman of the democratic central committe of Missouri, were with her when she died.
The Omaha Republican
Jan 5, 1890
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The following passages in the Biography of her son George Howell Shields proves that Maria in the Obit is Martha the same person, because in Maria's 1890 Obit. it is stated: "...Her sons, George Shields, assistant attorney general of the United States and Dr. D. H. Shields, late chairman of the democratic central committe of Missouri, were with her when she died." The following is taken from:
Biography of George Howell Shields
From: Centennial history of Missouri (the center state) one hundred ...,
Volume 3 By Walter Barlow St
...Judge Shields was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, June 19, 1842, his parents being George W. and Martha A. (Howell)Shields. ...
...Judge Shields of this review attended private schools in Hannibal. Missouri, and continued his education in Westminster College at Fulton, Missouri, but did not graduate because of the outbreak of the Civil war, at which time he joined a Missouri regiment in support of the Union, while his brother joined the Confederate army. Judge Shields served throughout the period of hostilities on the Union side, while his brother, Doctor D. H. Shields, remained equally loyal to the cause that he had espoused. ....
...In 1876 he (George)was made chairman of the republican state central committee and so continued until 1880. Part of the same time his brother, Dr. Shields, was chairman of the democratic state central committee, and thus in politics, as in the war period, the two brothers were upon opposing sides. Dr. Shields afterward became judge of the county court of Marion county....
(George Howell Shields) ...In 1889 he was appointed by President Harrison to the position of assistant attorney general of the United States, in charge of the legal business of the interior department, of which General John W. Noble, also of St. Louis, was then secretary.