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Theodore B. WERNER

(1892-1989)

WERNER, Theodore B., a Representative from South Dakota; born in Ossian, Winneshiek County, Iowa, June 2, 1892; attended the public and parochial schools; moved to Rapid City, S.Dak., in 1909; engaged in the newspaper publishing and commercial printing business; editor and publisher of the Gate City Guide since 1912; served as postmaster of Rapid City 1915-1923; commissioner of Rapid City 1927-1930; served as mayor in 1929 and 1930; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; resumed the newspaper publishing business until 1965; was a resident of Rapid City, S.Dak., until his death there on January 24, 1989.

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

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