Henry Shaw (Massachusetts)

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Henry Shaw
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded byJohn W. Hulbert
Succeeded byHenry W. Dwight
Personal details
Putney, Vermont
Died(1857-10-17)October 17, 1857
Peekskill, New York
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

Henry Shaw (1788 – October 17, 1857) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, son of Samuel Shaw.


Born near Putney, Vermont, Shaw completed preparatory studies. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Albany, New York, in 1810. He moved to Lanesboro, Massachusetts, in 1813.

Shaw was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 15th and 16th United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1817, to March 3, 1821. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1824-1830 and 1833, and served in the Massachusetts State Senate in 1835.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1845[1] and moved to New York City in 1848. He was a member of that city's Board of Education, and was a member of the Common Council. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 10th D.) in 1853. Shaw moved to Newburgh, New York in 1854, and died in Peekskill, New York on October 17, 1857.[2] He was interred in the Lower Cemetery, Lanesboro, Massachusetts.

His son Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818–1885) became a well-known humorist under the pen name Josh Billings.[3]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - MA Governor Race - Nov 10, 1845". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ Crosby, Nathan. Annual obituary notices of eminent persons who have died in the United States for 1857, p.326-27 (1858)
  3. ^ Biographical Introduction to The complete works of Josh Billings (Henry W. Shaw), p. xiv (1876)
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John W. Hulbert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

1817 – 1821
Succeeded by
Henry W. Dwight
New York Assembly
Preceded by
James Monroe
New York State Assembly
New York County, 10th District

Succeeded by
Joseph W. Savage