Herbert Emery HITCHCOCK, Congress, SD (1867-1958)

Senate Years of Service:

HITCHCOCK, Herbert Emery, a Senator from South Dakota; born in Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, August 22, 1867; attended public schools in Iowa and San Jose, Calif., a business college at Davenport, Iowa, Iowa State College at Ames, and the University of Chicago Law School; moved to Mitchell, S.Dak, in 1884, attended school and worked as a stenographer; admitted to the South Dakota bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Mitchell; also engaged in banking; clerk of the State senate 1896; elected as a State’s attorney 1904 and 1906; elected to the State senate in 1909, 1911, and 1929; a trustee of Yankton (S.Dak.) College in 1936; president of Mitchell school board 1924-1934; appointed on December 29, 1936, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Peter Norbeck and served from December 29, 1936, to November 8, 1938, when a successor was elected; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for full term beginning January 3, 1939; resumed the practice of law until his death in Mitchell, S.Dak., February 17, 1958; interment in Graceland Cemetery.


Pressler, Larry. “Herbert Hitchcock.” In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 107-11. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present