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Near Pierpont in Day County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Charles H. Sheldon

Second Governor of South Dakota

 

— 1893 - 1897 —

 
Charles H. Sheldon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
1. Charles H. Sheldon Marker
Inscription.  Born at Johnson, Vermont, Sept. 12, 1840. His father died when he was 4 and at 6 he was bound out to work on a farm. He had 3 months schooling per year until 14 when, to get better educational opportunity, he got a store job for room and board and $20.00 per year. First rejected, he enlisted Sept. 23, 1861 in Co. ‘E’ 7th Vermont Infantry and was mustered out in 1865 as a captain. Resourceful, capable he made his mark in the Army. He became a storekeeper in Illinois. Married in 1875 to Martha Frizzel, they had two children, Ethel, 1878 and Charles H. Jr., 1881. He came to Dakota Territory in 1880. He homesteaded near Pierpont in 1882. Active in G.A.R. affairs, he was a member of the Council of 1886 where he was an able legislator. At the Republican Convention in 1890, he made an impromptu speech ‘with such enthusiasm’. Nominated for Governor in 1892 and again in 1894, he won by a wider margin, showing that the people approved his administration. He retired to private life but in the campaign of 1898, went to the Black Hills on a speaking tour where, exposed to bad weather, he took sick and died at Deadwood on October 20, 1898. Buried at Pierpont.
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
2. Charles H. Sheldon Marker
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Erected 1960 by Mr. & Mrs. C.V.N. Perry and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 284.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 12, 1840.
 
Location. 45° 30.136′ N, 97° 50.239′ W. Marker is near Pierpont, South Dakota, in Day County. Marker is at the intersection of South Dakota Route 27 and 130th Street, on the right when traveling south on State Route 27. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pierpont SD 57468, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church (approx. 7 miles away); Amsden Dam (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Charles H. Sheldon - Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 16, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on August 20, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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