John Chandler Gurney
|John Chandler Gurney|
|Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee|
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
|Preceded by||David I. Walsh|
|Succeeded by||Millard E. Tydings|
|Senate Republican Conference Vice-Chair|
September 30, 1945 – January 3, 1946
|Leader||Wallace H. White Jr.|
|Preceded by||Harold Hitz Burton|
|Succeeded by||Milton Young|
|United States Senator
from South Dakota
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1951
|Preceded by||Gladys Pyle|
|Succeeded by||Francis H. Case|
May 21, 1896|
Yankton, South Dakota
|Died||March 9, 1985
Yankton, South Dakota
|Resting place||Yankton City Cemetery
Born in Yankton, South Dakota, Gurney attended the public schools. During World War I, he served as a sergeant in Company A, Thirty-Fourth Engineers, United States Army, with service overseas from 1918 to 1919. He also engaged in his family's seed and nursery business (Gurney's Seed and Nursery Company) from 1914 to 1926, and was the operator of a radio station (WNAX) at Yankton from 1926 to 1932. He then moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and engaged in the wholesale gasoline and oil business from 1932 to 1936.
In 1936, Gurney ran unsuccessfully for election to the United States Senate, but he was elected as a Republican in 1938. He was reelected in 1944 and served in all from January 3, 1939 to January 3, 1951. He was chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. He sought to be re-elected in 1950, but was defeated in the Republican primary by Francis Case.
After his time in Congress, Gurney was appointed a member of the Civil Aeronautics Board in 1951, became chairman in 1954, and served until 1964. He retired to Yankton, where he died and was buried in Yankton Cemetery.
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from South Dakota
Served alongside: William J. Bulow, Harlan J. Bushfield, Vera C. Bushfield, Karl E. Mundt
Francis H. Case
- United States Congress. "John Chandler Gurney (id: G000532)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "John Chandler Gurney". Find a Grave. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Pressler, Larry. "John Chandler Gurney." In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 114–23. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.