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Joseph Crockett SHAFFER

(1880-1958)

SHAFFER, Joseph Crockett, a Representative from Virginia; born near Wytheville, Wythe County, Va., January 19, 1880; attended the Wytheville public schools; was graduated from Plummer College, Wytheville, Va., in 1902 and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1904; was admitted to the bar in 1904 and commenced practice in Wytheville, Va.; served as Commonwealth attorney of Wythe County 1908-1912; assistant United States district attorney 1920-1924 and served as United States district attorney for the western district of Virginia 1924-1929; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; United States district attorney for the western district of Virginia from 1931 until his resignation in 1932; resumed the practice of law; stockholder and officer in Wythe County National Bank; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1940; died in Abingdon, Va., October 19 1958; interment in St. John’s Church Cemetery, Wytheville, Va.

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

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