Charles N. Herreid

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Charles N. Herreid
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4th Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 8, 1901 – January 3, 1905
Preceded by Andrew E. Lee
Succeeded by Samuel H. Elrod
Personal details
Born October 20, 1857
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died July 6, 1928(1928-07-06) (aged 70)
Aberdeen, South Dakota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Eunice Jeanette Slye
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Attorney
  • Banker

Charles Nelson Herreid (October 20, 1857 – July 6, 1928) was the fourth Governor of South Dakota.


Charles Herreid was born in Madison, Wisconsin. His parents, Nels Olson Herreid (1832-1902) and Thone Kittelson Herreid (1833-1908), were both Norwegian immigrants. He attended Galesville University in Wisconsin from 1874 to 1878 and the University of Wisconsin from 1880 to 1882. He married Jeannette E. Slye the same year (1882)[1] he moved to Dakota Territory. There he served as a McPherson County Court judge from 1888 to 1891.


Herreid was elected Lieutenant Governor of the new State of South Dakota from 1892 to 1896. He chaired the Republican State Central Committee from 1898 until 1900, when he was elected governor. Herreid, a Republican from Eureka, South Dakota, served from 1901 to 1905. He had previously served as the third Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1893 to 1897 under Governor Charles H. Sheldon.

During Herreid's first gubernatorial term, efforts were made to reform the state's penal code, and a reduction in railroad rates helped ease the plight of farmers. Herreid worked for growth in state schools, Indian care and the development of good roads during his term as governor. During his second term, big business interests were brought under control, as was the power of political machines.

Herreid declined to run for a third term, returning to his law practice in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In addition to his political activism and engagement in the practice of law, during his lifetime, Herreid was director of the Western Mutual Life Insurance Company, president of Citizens Trust and Savings Bank, Federal Food Administrator for South Dakota, chairman of the South Dakota Military Training Camps Association, trustee of the University of Wisconsin, and a member of the Board of Regents for Education for South Dakota. He also served as a member of the South Dakota committee of the Red Cross.


Herreid died in Aberdeen, South Dakota.[2][3] and was interred at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota.[4]


  1. ^ "Charles N. Herreid". National Governors Association. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
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  4. ^ "Charles N Herreid". Find A Grave. Retrieved 1 September 2012.

External links

  • National Governors Association
  • Charles N. Herreid at Find a Grave

Political offices
Preceded by
George H. Hoffman
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Daniel T. Hindman
Preceded by
Andrew E. Lee
Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Samuel H. Elrod
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