Ernest L. Shortridge is another Lowell boy, who, by energy, perseverance and intelligence, has to his credit the honor of being one of the best court reporters in the State of Indiana. He was born on a farm near Lowell, June 11, 1873, and received his education in the public schools of that place, after which he went to Valparaiso College and took a thorough course of stenography and business training. He took up his residence in Hammond, where he has taken an active part in commercial and political affairs and come prominently before the public eye. In 1901 he was appointed court stenographer of the Superior Court of Lake, Porter and Laporte counties, which position he holds at the present time.
Mr. Shortridge was bred a Republican and has taken an active part in the campaigns for his party's cause since 1892 in such a strenuous manner that he was made chairman of the Republican Central Committee in 1902, which position he held until 1904, his conduct of the campaign during that period giving satisfaction to the party. So highly was he held in the esteem of his party friends that when, in the campaign now on, he announced himself as a candidate for the office of county clerk, he had no opposition and received his nomination by acclamation. Mr. Shortridge was married to Miss Misha Mathis, of Hammond. They have one daughter, five years of age, living, and one bright little daughter whom death reaped a short time ago.