Bachelor of Laws, University South Dakota, 1936.
He was born in Belle Fourche, South Dakota and received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of South Dakota in 1936. He practiced law in Belle Fourche and served in World World War II in the United States Naval Reserve. He served as the State"s Attorney for Butte County, South Dakota, for four terms and served six years on the Board of Regents.
He was elected to the State Senate of the South Dakota Legislature in 1962 and Lieutenant Governor in 1964 and 1966.
Member South Dakota Board Regents, 1954-1960, president, 1957-1959. Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Member South Dakota State Bar (president 1971), Phi Delta Phi, Phi Delta Theta.
Clubs: Mason (Shriner).
Married Helen E. Brewer, August 21, 1939. Children: Gretchen (Mistress James Haahr), Janifer (Mistress Grant Farquhar, Junior), Lizabeth (Mistress J.M. Manning), Marylu (Mistress Roger Ledebuhr).