List of Governors of South Dakota

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This is a list of Governors of South Dakota

Governors of Dakota Territory[edit]

List of South Dakota Governors[edit]

Parties

      Fusion (Democratic/Populist)       Democratic       Republican

Number of Governors of South Dakota by party affiliation
Party Governors
Republican 26
Democratic 5
Populist 1
# Governor Term Party Life City elected from Notes
1 Governor Arthur C Mellette.jpg Arthur C. Mellette March 22, 1889 – January 3, 1893 Republican 1842–1896 Watertown [1]
2 Charles H. Sheldon.jpg Charles H. Sheldon January 3, 1893 – January 1, 1897 Republican 1840–1898 Pierpont
3 Andrew E. Lee.jpg Andrew E. Lee January 1, 1897 – January 8, 1901 Populist 1847–1934 Vermillion
4 Charles N. Herreid.jpg Charles N. Herreid January 8, 1901 – January 3, 1905 Republican 1857–1928 Eureka
5 Samuel H. Elrod 001.jpg Samuel H. Elrod January 3, 1905 – January 8, 1907 Republican 1856–1935 Clark
6 Crawfordcoe.jpg Coe I. Crawford January 8, 1907 – January 5, 1909 Republican 1858–1944 Huron
7 RobertSVessey.jpg Robert S. Vessey January 5, 1909 – January 7, 1913 Republican 1858–1929 Wessington Springs
8 FrankMByrne.jpg Frank M. Byrne January 7, 1913 – January 2, 1917 Republican 1858–1927 Faulkton [2]
9 PeterNorbeck R-SD.jpg Peter Norbeck January 2, 1917 – January 4, 1921 Republican 1870–1936 Redfield
10 WHMcMaster.jpg William H. McMaster January 4, 1921 – January 6, 1925 Republican 1877–1968 Yankton
11 Gundersoncarl.jpg Carl Gunderson January 6, 1925 – January 4, 1927 Republican 1864–1933 Mitchell
12 William John Bulow.jpg William J. Bulow January 4, 1927 – January 6, 1931 Democratic 1869–1960 Beresford
13 No image.svg Warren Green January 6, 1931 – January 3, 1933 Republican 1870–1945 Hazel
14 No image.svg Tom Berry January 3, 1933 – January 5, 1937 Democratic 1879–1951 Belvidere
15 No image.svg Leslie Jensen January 5, 1937 – January 3, 1939 Republican 1892–1964 Hot Springs
16 BushfieldH.jpg Harlan J. Bushfield January 3, 1939 – January 5, 1943 Republican 1882–1948 Miller
17 No image.svg Merrill Q. Sharpe January 5, 1943 – January 7, 1947 Republican 1883–1962 Kennebec
18 George T. Mickelson.jpg George T. Mickelson January 7, 1947 – January 2, 1951 Republican 1903–1965 Selby
19 No image.svg Sigurd Anderson January 2, 1951 – January 4, 1955 Republican 1904–1990 Webster
20 Joe Foss DM-SD-03-09574.JPG Joe Foss January 4, 1955 – January 6, 1959 Republican 1915–2003 Sioux Falls
21 No image.svg Ralph Herseth January 6, 1959 – January 3, 1961 Democratic 1909–1969 Houghton
22 Archie M. Gubbrud 1962.jpg Archie M. Gubbrud January 3, 1961 – January 5, 1965 Republican 1910–1987 Alcester
23 No image.svg Nils Boe January 5, 1965 – January 7, 1969 Republican 1913–1992 Sioux Falls
24 Frank Farrar.png Frank Farrar January 7, 1969 – January 5, 1971 Republican 1929– Britton
25 No image.svg Dick Kneip January 5, 1971 – July 24, 1978 Democratic 1933–1987 Salem [3]
26 Harvey Wollman.png Harvey L. Wollman July 24, 1978 – January 1, 1979 Democratic 1935– Hitchcock
27 Janklow.jpg Bill Janklow January 1, 1979 – January 6, 1987 Republican 1939–2012 Flandreau
28 George S. Mickelson.jpeg George S. Mickelson January 6, 1987 – April 19, 1993 Republican 1941–1993 Brookings [4]
29 Walter Miller.png Walter Dale Miller April 19, 1993 – January 7, 1995 Republican 1925–2015 New Underwood
30 Janklow.jpg Bill Janklow January 7, 1995 – January 7, 2003 Republican 1939–2012 Brandon
31 Mike Rounds official Senate portrait.jpg Mike Rounds January 7, 2003 – January 8, 2011 Republican 1954– Pierre
32 Photo of Gov. Dennis Daugaard.jpg Dennis Daugaard January 8, 2011 – present Republican 1953– Garretson

Other high offices held[edit]

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented South Dakota except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Coe I. Crawford 1907–1909 S
Peter Norbeck 1917–1921 S
William H. McMaster 1921–1925 S
William J. Bulow 1927–1931 S
Harlan J. Bushfield 1939–1943 S
Richard F. Kneip 1971–1978 United States Ambassador to Singapore*
Bill Janklow 1979–1987
1995–2003
H
Mike Rounds 2003–2011 S

Living former U.S. governors of South Dakota[edit]

As of September 2015, there were three former U.S. governors of South Dakota still alive, the oldest U.S. governor of South Dakota being Frank Farrar (1969–1971, born 1929). The most recent U.S. governor of South Dakota to die was Walter Dale Miller (1993–1995), on September 28, 2015. The most recently serving governor to die was Bill Janklow (1979-1987 & 1995-2003) on January 12, 2012.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Frank Farrar 1969–1971 (1929-04-02) April 2, 1929 (age 86)
Harvey L. Wollman 1978–1979 (1935-05-14) May 14, 1935 (age 80)
Mike Rounds 2003–2011 (1954-10-24) October 24, 1954 (age 61)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mellette was the final governor of the Dakota Territory prior to his election as the first Governor of South Dakota.
  2. ^ Won over James Wallace McCarter
  3. ^ Kneip resigned to become Ambassador to Singapore on July 24, 1978; he was succeeded by Harvey L. Wollman.
  4. ^ Mickelson was killed in a plane crash on April 19, 1993; he was succeeded by Walter Dale Miller.

See also[edit]