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Paul Werntz SHAFER

(1893-1954)

SHAFER, Paul Werntz, a Representative from Michigan; born in Elkhart, Ind., April 27, 1893; moved with his parents to Three Rivers, Mich., and attended the public schools; student at Ferris Institute, Big Rapids, Mich., and studied law by correspondence with the Blackstone Institute of Chicago, Ill.; reporter, editor, and publisher of newspapers in Elkhart, Ind., Battle Creek, Mich., and Bronson, Mich.; member of Indiana State Militia in 1916 and 1917; municipal judge in Battle Creek, Mich., 1929-1936; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his death; had been renominated in the Republican primary election August 3, 1954, to the Eighty-fourth Congress; died in Washington, D.C., August 17, 1954; interment in Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Mich.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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