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South Dakota: Governors

Governors of South Dakota, 1889-2019 (May be incomplete!)
Arthur C. Mellette 1889-93 Charles H. Sheldon 1893-97 Andrew E. Lee 1897-1901 Charles N. Herreid 1901-05 Samuel H. Elrod 1905-07 Coe I. Crawford 1907-09 Robert S. Vessey 1909-13 Frank M. Byrne 1913-17 Peter Norbeck 1917-21 William H. McMaster 1921-25 Carl Gunderson 1925-27 William J. Bulow 1927-31 Warren E. Green 1931-33 Tom Berry 1933-37 Leslie Jensen 1937-39 Harlan J. Bushfield 1939-43 M. Q. Sharpe 1943-47 George T. Mickelson 1947-51 Sigurd Anderson 1951-55 Joe Foss 1955-59 Ralph E. Herseth 1959-61 Archie M. Gubbrud 1961-65 Nils A. Boe 1965-69 Frank L. Farrar 1969-71 Richard F. Kneip 1971-78 Harvey L. Wollman 1978-79 William J. Janklow 1979-87 George S. Mickelson 1987-93 Walter D. Miller 1993- William J. Janklow 1995-2002 Mike Rounds 2003-11 Dennis Daugaard 2011-19

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1889 Oct 1: Arthur C. Mellette (Rep), elected; P. F. McClure (Dem), defeated.
  • 1890: Maris Taylor, defeated; Henry L. Loucks (Populist), defeated.
  • 1892 Nov 8: Charles H. Sheldon (Rep), elected; A. L. Van Osdel (Ind), defeated; Peter Couchman (Dem), defeated.
  • 1894 Nov 6: Charles H. Sheldon (Rep), elected; Isaac Howe (Ind), defeated; James A. Ward (Dem), defeated; M. D. Alexander (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1896 Nov 3: Andrew E. Lee (People's), elected; Amund O. Ringsrud (Rep), defeated; J. F. Hanson (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1898 Nov 8: Andrew E. Lee (Fusion), elected; Kirk G. Phillips (Rep), defeated; Knute Lewis (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1900 Nov 6: Charles N. Herreid (Rep), elected; Burre H. Lien (Fusion), defeated; F. J. Carlisle (Prohibition), defeated; L. E. Stair (Populist), defeated.
  • 1902 Nov 4: Charles N. Herreid (Rep), elected; John W. Martin (Dem), defeated; John C. Crawford (Socialist), defeated; H. H. Curtis (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1904: Louis N. Crill, defeated.
  • 1906: John A. Stransky, defeated.
  • 1908: Andrew E. Lee (Dem), defeated.
  • 1910: Chauncey L. Wood, defeated.
  • 1912 Nov 5: Frank M. Byrne (Rep), elected; Edwin S. Johnson (Dem), defeated; Samuel Lovett (Socialist), defeated; O. W. Butterfield (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Frank M. Byrne (Rep), elected; James W. McCarter (Dem), defeated; Richard O. Richards (Ind), defeated; J. C. Knapp (Socialist), defeated; C. K. Thompson (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Peter Norbeck (Rep), elected; Orville Rinehart (Dem), defeated; T. L. Fairchild (Socialist), defeated; C. K. Thompson (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Peter Norbeck (Rep), elected; M. P. Bates (Nonpartisan), defeated; James Bird (Dem), defeated; Knut Lewis (Ind), defeated; Orville Anderson (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1920 Nov 2: William H. McMaster (Rep), elected; M. P. Bates (Nonpartisan), defeated; W. W. Howes (Dem), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: William H. McMaster (Rep), elected; Louis N. Crill (Dem), defeated; Alice L. Daly (Nonpartisan), defeated.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Carl Gunderson (Rep), elected; William J. Bulow (Dem), defeated; A. L. Putnam (Farmer-Labor), defeated; Richard O. Richards (Ind), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: William J. Bulow (Dem), elected; Carl Gunderson (Rep), defeated; Tom Ayres (Farmer-Labor), defeated; John E. Hipple (Ind), defeated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: William J. Bulow (Dem), elected; Buell F. Jones (Rep), defeated; John G. Sumption (Farmer-Labor), defeated.
  • 1930 May 6: D. A. McCullough (Dem), nominated; L. E. Corey (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1930 May 6: Gladys Pyle (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary; Carl Gunderson (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary; G. Brooke Howell (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary; Carl O. Trygstad (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary; Warren E. Green (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Warren E. Green (Rep), elected; D. A. McCullough (Dem), defeated; Helge N. Tangen (Communist), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Harlan J. Bushfield (Rep), elected; Lewis W. Bicknell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1942 May 5: Joe H. Bottum (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary; M. Q. Sharpe (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary; Leo A. Temmey (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary; Millard G. Scott (Rep), candidate in inconclusive primary.
  • 1942 Nov 3: M. Q. Sharpe (Rep), elected; Lewis W. Bicknell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1944 Nov 7: M. Q. Sharpe (Rep), elected; Lynn Fellows (Dem), defeated.
  • 1946 Nov 5: George T. Mickelson (Rep), elected; Richard Haeder, Sr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: George T. Mickelson (Rep), elected; Harold J. Volz (Dem), defeated.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Sigurd Anderson (Rep), elected; Joe Robbie (Dem), defeated.
  • 1952 Nov 4: Sigurd Anderson (Rep), elected; Sherman A. Iverson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1954 Jun 1: Ed C. Martin (Dem), nominated; E. F. McKellips (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Jun 1: Joe Foss (Rep), nominated; Rex A. Terry (Rep), defeated in primary; Harold O. Lund (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Joe Foss (Rep), elected; Ed C. Martin (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Joe Foss (Rep), elected; Ralph E. Herseth (Dem), defeated.
  • 1978: Clint Roberts (Rep), defeated.
  • 1986: Alice Kundert, defeated.
  • 1993 Apr 19: George S. Mickelson, died in office.
  • 1994 Jun 7: Jim Beddow (Dem), nominated; Carroll V. Allen (Dem), defeated in primary; Jim Burg (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 Jun 7: William J. Janklow (Rep), nominated; Walter D. Miller (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 Nov 8: William J. Janklow (Rep), elected; Jim Beddow (Dem), defeated; Nathan A. Barton (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2002: Mike Rounds (Rep), elected.
  • 2006: Mike Rounds (Rep), elected.
  • 2010 Jun 8: Dennis Daugaard (Rep), nominated; Scott D. Munsterman (Rep), defeated in primary; Dave Knudson (Rep), defeated in primary; Gordon Howie (Rep), defeated in primary; Ken Knuppe (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Dennis Daugaard (Rep), elected; Scott Heidepriem (Dem), defeated.
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