ABDNOR, James (1923-2012)

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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Office of History
Fort Belvoir, VA
Oral History: 1987. 60 pages. Concerns Water Resources Development Act of 1986. Closed.

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