Library of Congress
BUSHFIELD, Harlan John (1882-1948)

BUSHFIELD, HARLAN JOHN, (husband of Vera C. Bushfield), a Senator from South Dakota; born in Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa, August 6, 1882; moved with his parents to South Dakota in 1883; attended the public schools in Miller, S.Dak., and Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.Dak. 1899-1901; graduated from the Minnesota University Law School at Minneapolis in 1904; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Miller, S.Dak.; Governor of South Dakota 1939-1942; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1942 and served from January 3, 1943, until his death in Miller, S.Dak., September 27, 1948; interment in the G.A.R. Cemetery.

South Dakota State Historical Society
Pierre, SD
Papers: 1942-1948. Primarily gubernatorial material but also some Senate material, including several letters (1947-1948).

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: In the Lawrence Oakley Cheever papers, 1931-1941.

University of South Dakota
Archives and Special Collections
Vermillion, SD
Papers: 1935-1947. 1 foot. Speeches, radio addresses. Finding aid.

  • Pressler, Larry. "Harlan J. Bushfield.'' In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 124-28. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Harlan John Bushfield, Late a Senator from South Dakota. 81st Cong., 1st sess., 1949. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1950.