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ABDNOR, James, a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota; born in Kennebec, Lyman County, S.Dak., February 13, 1923; attended the public schools; graduated, University of Nebraska, Lincoln 1945; served in the United States Army 1942-1943; worked as a farmer-rancher, teacher, coach; served in the South Dakota senate 1956-1968; lieutenant governor of South Dakota 1969-1970; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1981); was not a candidate for reelection in 1980; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980, and served from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 1987; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; appointed administrator of the Small Business Administration 1987-1989; was a resident of Kennebec, S.Dak., until his death on May 16, 2012; interment in Kennebec Cemetery.

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

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Pressler, Larry. "James Abdnor." In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 181-87. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.

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