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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesSouth Dakota

Joseph H. BOTTUM

(1903-1984)
Senate Years of Service:
1962-1963
Party:
Republican

BOTTUM, Joseph H., a Senator from South Dakota; born in Faulkton, Faulk County, S.Dak., August 7, 1903; attended the public schools of Faulkton; attended Yankton College and the University of South Dakota 1920-1921; graduated from the law school of the University of South Dakota at Vermillion in 1927; admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced the practice of law in St. Paul, Minn., in 1928; state’s attorney at Faulkton 1932-1936; director of taxation for the State of South Dakota 1937-1943; unsuccessful in seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in 1942 and for Representative in 1950; lieutenant governor of South Dakota 1960-1962; appointed on July 9, 1962, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis Case and served until January 3, 1963; unsuccessful candidate in 1962 for election to the vacancy; circuit judge of Seventh Judicial Circuit; was a resident of Rapid City, S.Dak. until his death there on July 4, 1984; interment in Pine Lawn Cemetery, Rapid City, S.Dak.

Bibliography

Clem, Alan. The Nomination of Joe Bottum: Analysis of a Committee Decision to Nominate a United States Senator. Vermillion: Governmental Research Bureau, University of South Dakota, 1963. Pressler, Larry. “Joseph H. Bottum.” In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 150-52. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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