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GEORGE F. SHAFER

George F. SchaferSixteenth Governor

  • Residence: Bismarck, Burleigh County
  • Years Served: 1929-1933
  • Date of Inauguration: January 9, 1929
  • Age at Inauguration: 40
  • Politics: Republican (Independent Voters Association)
  • Born: Mandan, Dakota Territory - November 23, 1888
  • Died: Bismarck, North Dakota - August 13, 1948

Political Background:

  • 1915-1919: State's Attorney for McKenzie County
  • 1921-1922: Assistant Attorney General of North Dakota
  • 1922-1929: Attorney General of North Dakota
  • 1929-1933: Governor of North Dakota
Governor Schafer breaks first earth for new capitol, Sept 13 , 1932
Governor Shafer throws out the first shovelful of earth
for groundbreaking of the new capitol on September 13,
1932. North Dakota's capitol is one of three Art Deco
style capitol buildings in the United States. (The others
are in Nebraska and Louisiana.)

The most severe problems facing the state during Shafer's administration were drought and low prices for agricultural products. To his credit, the State Mill and Elevator showed a good profit for the state under Shafer's direction, despite the weather and economic conditions. In 1930 the state capitol (former territorial capitol) burned. A capitol commission was formed to oversee the design and construction of the new capitol.

Shafer was governor during a time of severe drought and economic depression.

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