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Paul Werntz Shafer (April 27, 1893 - August 17, 1954) was a politician and judge from the U.S. state of Michiganmarker.

Shafer was born in Elkhart, Indianamarker and moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Shafer, to Three Rivers, Michiganmarker, where he attended the public schools. He was a student at Ferris Institute (now Ferris State Universitymarker), Big Rapids, Michiganmarker, and studied law by correspondence with the Blackstone Institute of Chicago, Illinoismarker. He was a reporter, editor, and publisher of newspapers in Elkhart, Indiana, Battle Creek, Michiganmarker, and Bronson, Michiganmarker. He was a member of the Indiana State Militia in 1916 and 1917. Years later, he served as a municipal judge in Battle Creek from 1929 to 1936. He was also married to Ila Mack.

In the Republican Party primary elections of September 1936 for Michigan's 3rd congressional district, Shafer defeated the incumbent Verner W. Main. Shafer went on to be elected to the 75th United States Congress and to the eight succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1937, until his death in Washington, D.C.marker, two weeks after being re-nominated in the Republican primary election to the 84th Congress. He was interred in Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan.


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