Eugene W. Shellworth

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Eugene W. Shellworth
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
In office
May 1961 – January 1966
Preceded byRobert L. Day
Succeeded byJay S. Amyx
Personal details
Born(1912-04-02)April 2, 1912
DiedJuly 2, 1997(1997-07-02) (aged 85)
Boise, Idaho
Alma materU.S. Naval Academy, 1935[1]

Eugene Whitney Shellworth (April 2, 1912 – July 2, 1997) was the mayor of Boise, Idaho, from 1961 to 1966. Elected in May 1961 and re-elected in November 1963, he lost a runoff election to Jay Amyx in late 1965,[2] and then worked in banking; he had previous business experience in lumber and heavy equipment sales.[3]

Shellworth was a 1935 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He played on the football team until a knee injury ended his playing career in his sophomore year.[1] Shellworth served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.


Shellworth married Martha Buckley (1915–2005) of Tacoma, Washington in 1937, and they settled in Boise following the war.[citation needed] Their daughter Sandy (b. 1944) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and a 1968 Olympian.

His father, Harry Shellworth (1877–1973), was a page during the first state legislature following statehood in 1890, and later worked in the forest products industry.[4]

Shellworth and his parents are buried in Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.[5]


  1. ^ a b "1935 Lucky Bag yearbook". U.S. Naval Academy. p. 227. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "All Boise candidates fail to get majority in election". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. November 4, 1965. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Former Boise mayor takes bank position". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. February 7, 1966. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Former page recalls early days in Idaho legislature". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. January 7, 1965. p. 5.
  5. ^ "Eugene Whitney Shellworth". Find a Retrieved January 9, 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert L. Day
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
Succeeded by
Jay S. Amyx