Vera C. Bushfield

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Vera Cahalan Bushfield
United States Senator
from South Dakota
In office
October 6, 1948 – December 26, 1948
Preceded by Harlan J. Bushfield
Succeeded by Karl E. Mundt
Personal details
Born (1889-08-09)August 9, 1889
Miller, South Dakota
Died April 16, 1976(1976-04-16) (aged 86)
Fort Collins, Colorado
Political party Republican

Vera Cahalan Bushfield (August 9, 1889 – April 16, 1976) was a U.S. Senator from South Dakota.


Born in Miller, South Dakota, she attended the public schools, graduated from the Stout Institute in Menomonie, Wisconsin and also attended Dakota Wesleyan University and the University of Minnesota.

She was appointed on October 6, 1948, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Harlan J. Bushfield, and served from that date until her resignation on December 26, 1948. She died in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Among her accomplishments was her sponsorship of the launch of the USS South Dakota (BB-57) on June 7, 1941 in Camden, New Jersey.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Harlan J. Bushfield
United States Senator (Class 2) from South Dakota
Succeeded by
Karl Earl Mundt