Herbert E. Hitchcock

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Herbert E. Hitchcock
Herbert Emery Hitchcock.jpg
United States Senator from South Dakota
In office
December 29, 1936 – November 8, 1938
Preceded byPeter Norbeck
Succeeded byGladys Pyle
Personal details
Herbert Emery Hitchcock

(1867-08-22)August 22, 1867
Maquoketa, Iowa, U.S.
DiedFebruary 17, 1958(1958-02-17) (aged 90)
Mitchell, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
MotherHarriet M. Lumley
FatherMilando Lansing Hitchcock
EducationUniversity of Chicago Law School

Herbert Emery Hitchcock (August 22, 1867 - February 17, 1958) was a United States Senator from South Dakota.


Hitchcock was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, the son of Harriet M. Lumley and Milando Lansing Hitchcock. He attended public schools in Iowa and San Jose, California, a business college at Davenport, Iowa, Iowa State College at Ames, and the University of Chicago Law School.

He moved to Mitchell, South Dakota in 1884, where he attended school and worked as a stenographer; he was admitted to the South Dakota bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Mitchell. He also engaged in banking, and was clerk of the South Dakota State Senate in 1896. He was elected as a State's attorney in 1904 and 1906, and was elected to the State Senate in 1909, 1911, and 1929. Hitchcock was a trustee of Yankton College in 1936 and was president of Mitchell school board from 1924 to 1934.

During the 1932 Democratic National Convention he was a delegate and one of fifty five people who wrote the party's national platform and from 1932 to 1936 he served as the chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party.[1][2][3] On December 29, 1936, Hitchcock was appointed to the United States Senate as a Democrat to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Peter Norbeck. He served until January 3, 1939. He campaigned in 1938 as the incumbent for the Democratic nomination to fill the seat for a full term, but was defeated by former Governor Tom Berry in the primary election who went on to be defeated by Republican Chan Gurney in the general election. In 1940 he was selected as one of South Dakota's Democratic presidential electors, but the state was won by Republican Wendell Willkie.[4]

He resumed the practice of law until his death in Mitchell, South Dakota on February 17, 1958 and was interned at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. In his will he left $112,000 various institutions including colleges and charities.[5]


  • United States Congress. "Herbert E. Hitchcock (id: H000646)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ "Roosevelt Unopposed In S.D.Primary". Rapid City Journal. 28 March 1932. p. 1. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Committee That Is Writing Democrat's National Platform". Chicago Tribune. 28 June 1932. p. 2. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Herbert E. Hitchcock Named Senator To Succeed Norbeck". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 30 December 1936. p. 10. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Four Presidential Electors Named by Dakota Democrats". Sioux City Journal. 11 August 1940. p. 5. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Hitchcock Left $112,000 to Various Institutions". Sioux City Journal. 25 February 1958. p. 11. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Peter Norbeck
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from South Dakota
Served alongside: William J. Bulow
Succeeded by
Gladys Pyle