John Pickler

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John A Pickler, South Dakota Congressman

John Alfred Pickler (January 24, 1844 - June 13, 1910) was an American politician. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.


Pickler was born in Salem, Indiana, and moved to Davis County, Iowa in his youth. He attended public schools in Davis and enlisted in the Iowa 3rd Cavalry during the American Civil War.[1] He was promoted to the rank of Major by the end of the war.

He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1870, attended the University of Chicago Law School in 1871 and graduated from the law school at the University of Michigan in 1872. He was admitted to the bar in 1872 and began practicing law in Kirksville, Missouri.


Pickler was a U.S. Republican politician. He was elected district attorney in Adair County, Missouri in 1872. He moved to Muscatine, Iowa and served in the Iowa State Legislature from 1881 to 1883. He moved to the Territory of Dakota and was elected to the Dakota Legislature in 1884.

While serving in the Dakota Legislature, he played a key role in introducing the first bill to give women the right to vote in the Dakota Territory.[2]

After South Dakota was admitted as a state, he was elected as a Republican to Seat A, one of South Dakota's at-large seats in the United States House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1890, 1892, and 1894, and served from November 2, 1889 to March 3, 1897.[3] He chose not to run for re-election in 1896.


Pickler died on June 13, 1910 in Faulkton, South Dakota at the age of sixty-six. He is interred at Faulkton Cemetery in Faulkton.[4]


  1. ^ "PICKLER, John Alfred, (1844 - 1910)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "John Alfred Pickler". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rep. John Pickler". Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "John Alfred Pickler". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large congressional district

November 2, 1889 – March 4, 1897
Succeeded by
John Edward Kelley