Harry Gandy

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Harry Gandy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byEben W. Martin
Succeeded byWilliam Williamson
Member of the South Dakota Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1881-08-13)August 13, 1881
Churubusco, Indiana
DiedAugust 15, 1957 (aged 85)
Los Gatos, California
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery,
Rapid City, South Dakota
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materTri-State College
Occupationnewspaper publisher

Harry Luther Gandy (August 13, 1881 – August 15, 1957) was an American politician and former U.S. Representative from South Dakota.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Churubusco, Indiana, where he attended Smith Township public schools in Whitley County, Indiana. In 1901, he graduated from Tri-State College in nearby Angola, Indiana.

Before politics[edit]

By 1907, Gandy had moved to Rapid City, South Dakota. While in South Dakota, he entered the newspaper business and worked as publisher of the Wasta, South Dakota Gazette from 1910 until 1918. He also owned a working cattle ranch from 1910 until 1945.

Political career[edit]

In 1911, Gandy was appointed to South Dakota's State Senate. Two years later, he was appointed by Woodrow Wilson as the receiver of public moneys of the United States land office in Rapid City, a position he held until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as South Dakota's Third District representative from March 4, 1915 to March 3, 1921. He lost his bid for re-election to a fourth term.

After politics[edit]

After politics, Gandy took up agricultural pursuits and returned to his Wasta ranch. In 1923, Gandy moved to Washington, DC after he was hired as a lobbyist as the executive secretary of the National Coal Association (NCA), a position he held until 1930. Between 1930 and 1937, Gandy worked for NCA member of the Pittston Company.

He left Pittson to become chairman of the Bituminous Coal Producers Board in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1937 and 1940. He worked his remaining years until retirement in executive advisory roles for the Elk River Coal & Lumber Co. and Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad Co. in Widen, West Virginia.

Gandy died on August 15, 1957 while retired in Los Gatos, California. He was interred in Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City, South Dakota.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Harry Gandy (id: G000037)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Harry Gandy at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eben W. Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1921
Succeeded by
William Williamson