Harvey L. Wollman

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Harvey L. Wollman
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26th Governor of South Dakota
In office
July 24, 1978 – January 1, 1979
Preceded by Richard F. Kneip
Succeeded by Bill Janklow
32nd Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
In office
1975 – July 23, 1978
Governor Richard F. Kneip
Preceded by William Dougherty
Succeeded by Lowell C. Hansen II
Member of the South Dakota Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1935-05-14) May 14, 1935 (age 82)
Frankfort, South Dakota
Political party Democratic
Residence Frankfort, South Dakota
Alma mater Huron College
  • farmer
  • teacher

Harvey Lowell Wollman (born May 14, 1935) was the 26th Governor of South Dakota. He was the first Lieutenant Governor in the history of South Dakota to move into the Governor's office. As of 2017, he is also the most recent Democrat to hold the title of South Dakota governor.


Wollman was born on May 14, 1935 in Frankfort, South Dakota. His parents were Edwin J. Wollman (1907-1981) and Katherine (Kleinsasser) Wollman (1905-2002). He graduated from Doland High School[1] in 1953. From 1954 to 1955, he attended Bethel College at St. Paul, Minnesota. From 1956 to 1957, he attended Huron College before serving in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. In 1961, he obtained a B. A. degree from Huron College. From 1961 to 1965, he served as a teacher at Doland High School. In 1965, he completed a graduate work at the University of South Dakota[2] before becoming a farmer.


Wollman, a Democrat from Hitchcock, South Dakota, was elected to represent Spink, Hand and Hyde counties in the South Dakota State Senate in 1968 and re-elected in 1970. He was first elected Lt. Governor in 1974, on a ticket with Governor Richard F. Kneip.

On June 6, 1978, Wollman was narrowly defeated by State Senator Roger McKellips in a bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor. However, Wollman was already scheduled to succeed to the governorship on July 24, 1978, when Governor Kneip resigned to accept an appointment as United States Ambassador to Singapore.

Wollman was sworn in as governor by his brother, Roger Leland Wollman, who was serving at the time as Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court. The new governor's term lasted a little more than five months, ending on January 1, 1979 when he was succeeded by Republican Bill Janklow (who defeated McKellips in the general election). While he was in office, he worked to speed the repeal of the property tax and increase the budget for higher education.

Family life[edit]

Wollman married Ann Geigel and they had two sons, Michael and Daniel, and one daughter, Kristine.[3]


Wollman's family originated from Russia and is of German descent.[4] He is a member of the Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church (which closed its doors in the mid-1990s).[5]


  1. ^ Doland Public School Quick Facts at the Wayback Machine (archived December 12, 2013)
  2. ^ "Harvey L. Wollman". National Governors Association. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Harvey L. Wollman". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Famous Germans from Russia". Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  5. ^ South Dakota Legislative Manual, 1975

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Dougherty
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Lowell C. Hansen II
Preceded by
Richard F. Kneip
Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Bill Janklow