BOTTUM, Joseph H. (1903-1984)

BOTTUM, JOSEPH H., a Senator from South Dakota; born in Faulkton, Faulk County, S.Dak., August 7, 1903; attended the public schools of Faulkton; attended Yankton College and the University of South Dakota 1920-1921; graduated from the law school of the University of South Dakota at Vermillion in 1927; admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced the practice of law in St. Paul, Minn., in 1928; state's attorney at Faulkton 1932-1936; director of taxation for the State of South Dakota 1937-1943; unsuccessful in seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in 1942 and for Representative in 1950; lieutenant governor of South Dakota 1960-1962; appointed on July 9, 1962, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis Case and served from July 9, 1962, to January 3, 1963; unsuccessful candidate in 1962 for election to the vacancy; circuit judge of Seventh Judicial Circuit; was a resident of Rapid City, S.Dak. until his death there on July 4, 1984; interment in Pine Lawn Cemetery, Rapid City, S.Dak.

South Dakota State Historical Society
Pierre, SD
Papers: 1962. Constituent newsletters.

  • Clem, Alan L. The Nomination of Joe Bottum: Analysis of a Committee Decision to Nominate a United States Senator. Government Research Bureau Report no. 48. Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 1963.
  • Pressler, Larry. "Joseph H. Bottum.'' In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 150-52. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.