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Francis Higbee CASE

(1896-1962)
Senate Years of Service:
1951-1962
Party:
Republican

CASE, Francis Higbee, a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota; born in Everly, Clay County, Iowa, December 9, 1896; moved with his parents to Sturgis, S.Dak., in 1909; attended the public schools; graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.Dak., in 1918, and from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1920; during the First World War served as a private in the United States Marine Corps in 1918; served in both the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps Reserves; assistant editor, Epworth Herald, Chicago, Ill., 1920-1922; telegraph editor and editorial writer on the Rapid City (S.Dak.) Daily Journal 1922-1925; editor and publisher of the Hot Springs (S.Dak.) Star 1925-1931; editor and publisher of the Custer (S.Dak.) Chronicle 1931-1946; member of the State regents of education 1931-1933; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1951); elected to the United States Senate in 1950; reelected in 1956 and served from January 3, 1951, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., June 22, 1962; chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Eighty-third Congress); interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City, S.Dak.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Chenoweth, Richard. ‘Francis Case: A Political Biography.’ South Dakota Historical Collections 39 (1978): 288-433; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 87th Cong., 2nd sess., 1962. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1962.

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

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