Jacob K. SHAFER, Congress, ID (1823-1876)


SHAFER, Jacob K., a Delegate from the Territory of Idaho; born near Broadway, Rockingham County, Va., December 26, 1823; was graduated from Washington College, Lexington, Va., in 1843; and from the law school of L.P. Thompson in Staunton, Va., in 1846; moved to Stockton, Calif., in 1849; was admitted to the bar and practiced; district attorney of the fifth judicial district of California in 1850; mayor of Stockton in 1852; judge of the San Joaquin County Court 1853-1862; moved in 1862 to what later became Idaho Territory; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law; moved to Eureka, Nev., where he died November 22, 1876; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present