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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: South Dakota

in chronological order

  Nehemiah George Ordway (1828-1907) — also known as Nehemiah G. Ordway — of Warner, Merrimack County, N.H. Born in Warner, Merrimack County, N.H., November 10, 1828. Republican. New Hampshire Republican state chair, 1860; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives from Warner, 1875-77; member of New Hampshire state senate 9th District, 1879-80; Governor of Dakota Territory, 1880-84. Indicted on corruption charges in 1883; his criminal trial in 1884 was cut short by a jurisdiction ruling; removed from office by President Arthur. Died July 1, 1907 (age 78 years, 233 days). Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Warner, N.H.
  Relatives: Father of George Ordway (1843?-?).
  Frank R. Aikens (b. 1855) — of Canton, Lincoln County, Dakota Territory (now S.Dak.); Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.Dak. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 14, 1855. Lawyer; member of Dakota territorial legislature, 1887-89; justice of Dakota territorial supreme court, 1889; district judge in South Dakota, 1889-94. In 1891, when affluent Easterners came to South Dakota to live in a hotel for 90 days, so as to be eligible for the state's easy divorce law, he ruled that hotel guests were not bona fide South Dakota residents, disrupting the divorce plans of a number of celebrities. Later that year, a committee of Sioux Falls ministers accused the judge of drunkenness and licentiousness. Burial location unknown.
  Leonard Peltier (b. 1944) — Born in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, N.Dak., September 12, 1944. American Indian activist and member of the American Indian Movement; alleged to have been involved in a shoot-out at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, June 26, 1975, in which three died, including two FBI agents; fled South Dakota, was arrested in Canada, and extradited to the U.S.; tried and convicted of murder in 1977, and sentenced to two life terms in prison; Peace and Freedom candidate for President of the United States, 2004; Socialism and Liberation candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2020. American Indian ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Leo Peltier and Alvina (Robideau) Peltier.
  Cross-reference: Ramsey Clark
  See also Wikipedia article — Ballotpedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  William John Janklow (1939-2012) — also known as William J. Janklow; Bill Janklow — of South Dakota. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 13, 1939. Republican. South Dakota state attorney general, 1975-79; Governor of South Dakota, 1979-87, 1995-2002; Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1996, 2000; U.S. Representative from South Dakota at-large, 2003-04; resigned 2004. Lutheran. Involved in a traffic accident in 2003 when he ran a stop sign and hit a motorcyclist; convicted of second-degree manslaughter; sentenced to 100 days in jail and three years probation. Died January 12, 2012 (age 72 years, 121 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Kevin Patrick Brady (b. 1955) — also known as Kevin Brady — of The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Tex. Born in Vermillion, Clay County, S.Dak., April 11, 1955. Republican. Member of Texas state house of representatives 15th District, 1991-96; U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 1997-; arrested on October 7, 2005, near Vermillion, S.D., and charged with driving while intoxicated. Catholic. Member, Rotary. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Nick Severson (born c.1983) — of Vermillion, Clay County, S.Dak. Born about 1983. Pleaded guilty in May 2010 to a misdemeanor charge of ingesting marijuana, and fined $500; candidate for mayor of Vermillion, S.Dak., 2010. Still living as of 2010.
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