Raymond Philip Shafer

Raymond Philip Shafer

New Castle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Dec 2006 (aged 89)
Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 17004700 · View Source
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Pennsylvania Governor. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 39th Governor of the State of Pennsylvania from 1967 until 1971. His father was a pastor, Raymond was raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania and studied Political Science while attending Allegheny College. During this period, he excelled athletically as he achieved All-Pennsylvania honors in basketball and All-American recognition in soccer. He later enrolled at Yale Law School and received his degree in 1941, prior to serving with the United States Navy during World War II. During this experience, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, in addition to a Commendation for Meritorious Service. Following his return home, he practiced Law and was elected to and served as Crawford County District Attorney from 1948 until 1956. Shafer served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1959 to 1963 and served as Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor under Governor William W. Scranton from 1963 until Shafer himself was elected governor in 1966. During his tenure at the governorship, he prioritized efforts to fund educational programs and the Welfare system. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENDOT) was established for which took on safety and maintenance of the state highways. Another entity created was the Pennsylvania Crime Commission. Shafer was once considered as a potential running mate with Richard M. Nixon on the Republican Presidential ticket in 1968, of which would go to Spiro T. Agnew. In 1971, President Nixon appointed him to serve as Chairman of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. In 1974, again Shafer was considered as a possible vice presidential choice, however Nelson A. Rockefeller went on to that position. He continued to practice Law until his death from heart failure in 2006.

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