Raymond P. Shafer

Raymond P. Shafer
Portrait of Raymond P. Shafer

President of the United States
September 17, 1967 – January 20, 1969

Predecessor Nelson Rockefeller
Successor Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

Vice President of the United States
January 20, 1965 – September 17, 1967

Born March 5, 1917
New Castle, Pennsylvania, US
Died December 12, 2006
Meadville, Pennsylvania
Spouse Jane Harris Davies
Political Party Nationalist
Raymond P. Shafer (March 5, 1917 - December 12, 2006) was President of the United States and an American politician. The second in command of the moderate Nationalists led by Nelson Rockefeller, Shafer was placed on Rockefeller's ticket as Vice President in the 1964 election. Promises to end the war led to their ascension, but an economic slump turned the country's opinion away from the Nationalists and to the Liberal Party. The midterms of 1966 resulted in the Liberals gaining control of Congress. Rockefeller was assassinated by the Ku Klux Klan in 1967, with Shafer being sworn in at a hotel room minutes later. With the Nationalist president gridlocked with Liberal Congress, little could be done, with the only notable action being the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which helped further the cause of equality for all. Shafer warned the nation they needed a strong stance against Russia. In the election of 1968, amidst the economic downturn and a country weary of war, Shafer was soundly defeated by Joseph P. Kennedy and the Liberals.