Shepard J. Crumpacker Jr.

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Shepard Crumpacker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1957
Preceded byThurman C. Crook
Succeeded byF. Jay Nimtz
Personal details
Born(1917-02-13)February 13, 1917
South Bend, Indiana, US
DiedOctober 14, 1986(1986-10-14) (aged 59)
South Bend, Indiana, US
Resting placeRiverview Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
EducationNorthwestern University

Shepard J. Crumpacker Jr. (February 13, 1917 – October 14, 1986) was an American lawyer, jurist, World War II veteran, and politician who served three terms as a U.S. representative from Indiana from 1951 to 1957.

He was a cousin of Edgar D. Crumpacker and Maurice E. Crumpacker.

Early life and career

Crumpacker was born in South Bend, Indiana, where he attended the public schools. Crumpacker graduated from Northwestern University in 1938, and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1941. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in South Bend.

Crumpacker owned and operated a farm and served as delegate to Indiana State Republican conventions from 1958 through 1970.

World War II

Crumpacker entered the United States Army Air Corps as a private on September 26, 1941, during World War II, and advanced through the ranks to flight chief in a fighter squadron. Crumpacker was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1943 and assigned to heavy-bomber maintenance. Crumpacker was Relieved from active duty as a first lieutenant on March 1, 1946, and thereafter was a major in the United States Air Force Reserve.


Crumpacker was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second, Eighty-third, and Eighty-fourth Congresses (January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1957). He did not seek renomination in 1956.

Later career and death

Crumpacker practiced law until 1977, when he was appointed judge of the St. Joseph Superior Court and served until 1985. He was a resident of South Bend, Indiana, until his death there on October 14, 1986. He is interred in Riverview Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Shepard J. Crumpacker Jr. (id: C000960)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by