CASE, Francis Higbee

1896–1962

Biography

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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD
Papers: 1936-1962. Ca. 300 linear feet. House and Senate papers including correspondence, memoranda, constituent mail, legislative files, speeches, newsletters, scrapbooks, cartoons, clippings, and photographs. Strengths include his work with Native Americans, bringing interstate highways to South Dakota, and the development of the Missouri River for irrigation and power generation. Finding aid.

South Dakota State Historical Society

Pierre, SD
Papers: 1936-1962. Correspondence and papers from his congressional service, including weekly newsletters (1945-1962), correspondence with Will G. Robinson (1948-1962), legislative documents (1940-1960), campaign materials, newspaper clippings, and reports.

State Historical Society of North Dakota

Bismark, ND
Papers: Correspondence in Kenneth W. Simons papers, 1933-1951.

Harry S. Truman Library

Independence, MO
Papers: 1945-1952. 2 microfilm reels. Originals at Dakota Wesleyan University.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1915-1951. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in the Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Chenoweth, Richard. "Francis Case: A Political Biography." South Dakota Historical Collections 39 (1978): 288-433.

Pressler, Larry. "Francis H. Case." In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 140-49. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.

U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Francis H. Case, Late a Senator from South Dakota. 87th Cong., 2d sess., 1962. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1962.

Webb, Robert George. "Congressman Francis H. Case and American Foreign Relations, 1937-1941." Ph.D. dissertation, Ball State University, 1974.

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