John Shaffer

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John Shaffer
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Governor of Utah
In office
March 20, 1870 – October 31, 1870
Preceded by Charles Durkee
Succeeded by Vernon H. Vaughan
Personal details
Born (1827-10-31)October 31, 1827
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Died May 7, 1870(1870-05-07) (aged 42)
Salt Lake City, Utah

John Wilson Shaffer (July 5, 1827 – October 31, 1870) was an American politician and businessman.

Born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Shaffer was active in Republican politics in Illinois. In 1849, Shaffer settled in Freeport, Illinois and was involved in the mercantile business. Then, in 1856, he was elected sheriff of Stephenson County, Illinois. He was elected clerk and recorder for the Illinois Circuit Court for Stephenson County. Shaffer served in the 15th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War and was the quartermaster. He was appointed governor of the territory of Utah by President Ulysses S. Grant. He was known for his strict opposition of any hint of rebellion against the federal government, which led to concerns with the Mormon population. He died suddenly during his first year as governor.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ John Shaffer
  2. ^ Bio data
  3. ^ 'The Patriotism of Illinois of the State in the War for the Union,' Volume 2, Thomas Mears Eddy-editor, Clark & Company Publishers, Chicago, Illinois: 1866, Colonel John Wilson Shaffer, pg. 353-356

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Durkee
Governor of Utah Territory
Succeeded by
Vernon H. Vaughan