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John Charles Schafer (May 7, 1893 – June 9, 1962) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

John C. Schafer
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byRaymond J. Cannon
Succeeded byThaddeus Wasielewski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byJohn C. Kleczka
Succeeded byRaymond J. Cannon
Personal details
BornMay 7, 1893
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DiedJune 9, 1962(1962-06-09) (aged 69)
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican

Born in Milwaukee, Schafer fought in the First World War in France, serving for twenty-two months. In 1921, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly before running for Congress a year later. Schafer was first elected to Congress as a Republican to the 68th Congress representing Wisconsin's 4th congressional district. He was then reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933).

He lost his reelection bids in 1932, and failed in 1934 and 1936 to regain his old seat. In 1938, with the Democrats divided, he regained his old seat for the Seventy-sixth Congress. In 1940 he was again ousted by Democrat Thaddeus Wasielewski (whom he'd narrowly beaten in 1938), coming in third behind Wasielewski and Progressive former state senator Leonard C. Fons (Wasielewski polled 57,381 votes [35.62%]; Fons 52,907 [32.84%] and Schafer 50,796 [31.53%]). Schafer unsuccessfully contested the election results.[citation needed]

Schafer ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the Senate in 1957 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Joseph McCarthy.

Schafer returned to private life and died in Pewaukee in 1962.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "John C. Schafer (id: S000111)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John C. Kleczka
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1923 – March 4, 1933
Succeeded by
Raymond Joseph Cannon
Preceded by
Raymond Joseph Cannon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941
Succeeded by
Thaddeus Wasielewski