George W. Shell
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George W. Shell
George Washington Shell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district

March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1895
William H. Perry
Stanyarne Wilson
Personal details
Born(1831-11-13)November 13, 1831
Laurens County, South Carolina
DiedDecember 15, 1899(1899-12-15) (aged 68)
Laurens County, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate States Army
Years of service1861 – 1865
RankConfederate States of America Captain.png Captain
Unit3rd Regiment
South Carolina Volunteers
Company A[1]
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

George Washington Shell (November 13, 1831 – December 15, 1899) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.


Born near Laurens, South Carolina, Shell attended the common schools and Laurens Academy. He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He entered the Confederate States Army as a private in April 1861 and served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of captain. He resumed agricultural pursuits.

In 1875, he and his brother were charged with the assassination of politician Joseph Crews;[2] a jury acquitted them both after a half-hour of deliberation.[3]

He served as member of the State Democratic executive committee in 1886 and 1887. Chosen president of the State Farmers' Association in 1888. He served as clerk of court of Laurens County 1888-1896.

Shell was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895). He served as chairman of the Committee on Ventilation and Acoustics (Fifty-third Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1894. He retired to his plantation near Laurens, South Carolina, and died there December 15, 1899. He was interred in Chestnut Ridge Cemetery.


  1. ^ Salley, Alexander Samuel (1908). Tentative Roster of the Third Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States Provisional Army. South Carolina: Historical Commission of South Carolina. p. 6.
  2. ^ "The Situation in Laurens". The Anderson Intelligencer. September 30, 1875. p. 1. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Brieflets of State News". The Anderson Intelligencer. June 8, 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 2020.


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