Archie M. Gubbrud

Archibald Maxwell Gubbrud (December 31, 1910 – April 26, 1987) was an American politician who served as the 22nd Governor of South Dakota.

Archie Gubbrud
Archie M. Gubbrud 1962.jpg
Gubbrud in 1962
22nd Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 5, 1965
LieutenantJoseph H. Bottum
Nils Boe
Preceded byRalph Herseth
Succeeded byNils Boe
Personal details
Archibald Maxwell Gubbrud

December 31, 1910
Norway Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota
DiedApril 26, 1987 (aged 76)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Political partyRepublican
SpouseFlorence Maxine Dexter (1939–1987)

Early lifeEdit

Gubbrud was born in Norway Township in Lincoln County, South Dakota. He was one of four children born to Torval Marius and Ella (Rommeriam) Gubbrud. From 1911 to 1914, Gubbrud's grandfather Andrew Rommeriam had served in the South Dakota House of Representatives and had been a friend of South Dakota governor Peter Norbeck. In 1929, Gubbrud graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton, South Dakota. After the death of his father in 1934, Gubbrud became responsible for the Gubbrud family farm and was quite successful at farming. He married Florence Dexter and they had two children.[1]


His political career started that same year when he became Norway Township clerk. From 1947 to 1952, Gubbrud served as chairman of Elmwood School. In 1948, he was the Lincoln County delegate to the South Dakota state Republican convention. In 1950, Gubbrud was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives. In 1951, he won the Mississippi Valley Association Soil Conservation Award for South Dakota. He served as Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1959 to 1961, and was also the Chairman of the Legislative Research Council Executive Board at the same time.

In 1960, Gubbrud ran for Governor of South Dakota, beating the incumbent, Ralph Herseth, by only 4,435 votes. In 1962, Gubbrud was elected for a second term when he beat Ralph Herseth by 31,000 votes. During his tenure he doubled aid to education. The Custer State Hospital and state budget office were also started with his recommendation. In 1965, Gubbrud left office and returned to the Gubbrud family farm seven and a half miles northeast of Alcester, South Dakota. In 1968, Gubbrud reluctantly ran for the office of United States Senator after being urged to do so by the Republicans but was beat by the incumbent, Senator George McGovern.[2]

In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Gubbrud as state director of the Farmers Home Administration; he held that position until 1977.


Gubbrud returned to the Gubbrud farm and remained there until the time of his death from lung cancer; he died at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, aged 76. He was interred in Lands Lutheran Church cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "Archie M. John Dexter Gubbrud of Alcester, SD AND Maxine Louise Tunell of Sioux Falls SD, Gubbrud". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  2. ^ South Dakota Governor Archie Gubbrud Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Ex-Governor Gubbrud of South Dakota Dies (The New York Times, April 28, 1987)

External linksEdit

  • Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3 (Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 4 vols. 1978)
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of South Dakota
1960, 1962
Succeeded by
Preceded by Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from South Dakota
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by