Francis H. Case

Throughout his life, Francis H. Case held a diverse array of professional positions. Born December 9, 1896, in Everly County, Iowa, he moved to Sturgis, South Dakota with his family when he was thirteen.

He attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, before enlisting and serving as a private in the United States Marine Corps during World War I. He then served in the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps Reserves. After his service, he graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, before beginning a career in journalism. He worked as a writer, editor, and publisher at multiple newspapers throughout Illinois and South Dakota before being elected to the South Dakota State Regents of Education in 1931. By 1937, Case was serving South Dakota in Congress, and was ultimately elected to the United States Senate, serving from 1951 until his death on June 22, 1962, at the naval hospital at Bethesda, Maryland. His body was later transferred and interred at Black Hills National Cemetery on December 3, 1981.

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