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Samuel Harrison Elrod

Fifth Governor of South Dakota

 
 
Samuel Harrison Elrod Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 31, 2015
1. Samuel Harrison Elrod Marker
Inscription. Samuel H. Elrod was born near Coatesville, Indiana, May 1, 1856. Having worked his way through Asbury College, now Depauw University, graduating in 1882, he passed the Indiana Bar Examinations and headed for Dakota Territory. Arriving in Watertown July 2, he was met by Arthur C. Mellette, later governor. On July 4 he gave an address at Clark, substituting for Mr. Mellette. Impressed by the spirit of the community he established a law office here. He was delegate to the first Constitutional Convention in 1883. In 1884 he married Mary Ellen Masten of Coatesville, Indiana. Appointed by President Harrison, he served as government paymaster to the Sisseton Indians. He held the offices of Postmaster, County Judge, and State’s Attorney; and in 1904 was elected Governor. While governor he served as chairman of the Capitol Commission which planned the present State Capitol. Leaving South Dakota debt free for the first time in its history, he resumed his law practice in Clark. He continued to take effective interest in politics until his death July 13, 1935. He was survived by his wife who died in 1943, one son, and one daughter. To him Clark was the best town, Clark County the best county, and South Dakota the best state. His life was dedicated to their service.
 
Erected 1982 by State Highway Commission
Samuel Harrison Elrod Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 31, 2015
2. Samuel Harrison Elrod Marker
and friends of Samuel H. Elrod.
 
Location. 44° 52.651′ N, 97° 43.965′ W. Marker is in Clark, South Dakota, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Ave. E and S Commercial St., on the left when traveling west on 1st Ave. E. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 99 S Commercial St., Clark SD 57225, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clark County Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of South Dakota Amateur Baseball (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Samuel Harrison Elrod - National Governors Association. (Submitted on January 2, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2015, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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