Jacob Shively, a native of Germany, upon coming to this country first located in Virginia and afterward in Dubois county, Indiana. He was converted by the preaching of Alexander Campbell, soon afterward became a minister of the Christian church and preached the remainder of his life in southern Indiana. He raised a large family, of whom John Wesley Shively was one of the several sons. He was born in Dubois county, Indiana, in 1823, and afterward married Mary Ann Shirley. Soon after his marriage he moved to Cass county, Missouri, and from there to Carroll county, in 1855. There were several children born of this union, of whom Samuel Johnson Shively was born in Mandeville, Carroll county, Missouri, Dec. 12, 1861. John W. Shively was a blacksmith in the town of Mandeville, and at the breaking out of the Civil war he was the first man in that locality to enlist in the Union army. There being no regiments organized in Missouri at that time on account of the secession sentiments of Governor Jackson, he enlisted as a private at Leavenworth in the First Kansas infantry and served for four years, when the regiment was mustered out. He was in the battles of Wilson's Creek, then joined the army under Gen. U. S. Grant, taking part in the engagements at Belmont, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Iuka, Holly Springs, the Vicksburg campaign and the taking of Chattanooga. He was then in the Red River expedition under General Banks, and afterwards campaigned in Alabama and Arkansas. After the war he began the ministry in the Christian church and moved with his family to Miami county, Kansas, in 1869. In 1870 he moved on a farm near Lane, Franklin county, Kansas, but in 1881 moved back to another farm in Miami county, remaining there until 1883, when he moved to Paola, where he lived until his death in September, 1900. Mrs. Shively died in Paola in 1891. Elder and Mrs. Shively had one daughter, Mrs. Sarah E. Wilkinson, of Kansas City, Kan., and they had seven sons, all living: Jacob W., of Nelson, Neb.; William H., of Osawatomie, Kan.; Jackson A., of Kansas City, Mo.; Louis B., of Chattanooga, Okla.; Samuel J., of Paola, Kan.; Charles A., of Hays City, Kan.; and Jacob.
Samuel J. Shively worked at home on the farm and for neighbors after coming to Kansas, and attended country schools until 1883, when he attended a normal school then existing at Paola. He taught in the country schools for two years, one of the schools being in Cowley county, Kansas, then read law in the office of N. W. Wells and was admitted to the bar in 1887. He began practicing law at once; was elected councilman in 1888; justice of the peace in 1889; city attorney of Paola in 1893; and county attorney in 1894. At the breaking out of the Spanish-American war he enlisted as a private in Company I, Twentieth Kansas infantry and served until the muster out of that regiment on Oct. 28, 1899, at San Francisco. He then came home and resumed the practice of law at Paola. He was in all the battles in the Philippines in which his regiment took part. He is a Republican in politics, never departing from any of the principles of his party, except the Philippine policy. He always believed the Philippines should be given a trial at governing themselves; that our conquest of them at the time was wrong, and still so believing he is confident that the Philippine people are capable of self-government. He is a great student of early Kansas history; is a lover of good literature, but dislikes fiction; has never read novels, and has only read a few of the standard works of fiction. His one hobby is thoroughness in elementary education. He is a stickler for correct spelling, strict observance of the rules of grammar, good elocution, and in descriptive geography no one can excel him in locating from memory remote and unimportant places on the map of the world. Descriptive travels are his favorite subjects. In early life he was slender and spare build but of late years he has grown fleshy and rotund.Pages 314-315 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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