Raymond P Shafer

Governor Raymond Philip Shafer was born March 5, 1917, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Allegheny College in 1938 and from Yale Law School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, among other honors. Shafer held the public offices of District Attorney in Crawford County, and Lieutenant Governor before being elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1966, serving his term from 1967-1971. From the 1980s onward, Shafer was associated with law firms in Washington D.C. and Meadville, Pennsylvania, while continuing his life of public service. After a long and productive life devoted to law, education, business, philanthropy, and public service, Raymond Shafer died on December 12, 2006, in Meadville Medical Center, at the age of 89 years. This website presents the outlines of a biography of Raymond Shafer, illustrated with materials from the Raymond P. Shafer Collection, Pelletier Library, Allegheny College.