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Charles A. Christopherson

Charles Andrew Christopherson (July 23, 1871 – November 2, 1951) was an American lawyer and politician in South Dakota. He was elected to the state legislature in 1912. In 1918 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he was re-elected to a total of seven terms until being defeated in 1932, during the Great Depression.[1]

Charles A. Christopherson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byCharles H. Dillon
Succeeded byFred H. Hildebrandt
Personal details
Charles Andrew Christopherson

(1871-07-23)July 23, 1871
Amherst Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
DiedNovember 2, 1951(1951-11-02) (aged 80)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Abbie Deyoe
Alma materRead Law

Early life and educationEdit

Christopherson was born in Amherst Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Julia (Nelson) and Knute C. Christopherson. His father came to the United States at age fourteen. He was one of seven children and was raised in the Lutheran Church. He attended public schools. Christopherson moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he attended Sioux Falls Business College and Normal School. He graduated in 1890 and read the law with an established firm until he qualified for the bar. [2][3]


Christopherson was admitted to the bar in 1893, and started his practice in Sioux Falls at the Joe Kirby law office[3] He later practiced alone until taking Fredolph H. Melquist as a partner in 1913. Christopherson became active in local issues. He was elected as a member of the Board of Education of Sioux Falls from 1908–1918, and President of it from 1911-1915 and served as president of the board of directors of the Union Savings Association (1912). [2]

Political careerEdit

In 1912, he was elected as a Republican to the South Dakota House of Representatives, and served as Speaker of the House beginning in 1915, in his last term.[2] In 1918, Christopherson ran for and won the state seat in the United States House of Representatives. He was re-elected every term until 1932 (for a total of seven), when he lost to a Democratic candidate, part of a sweep based on the popularity of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his programs during the Great Depression. Christopherson ran again for office in 1934, but lost. He subsequently returned to Sioux Falls full-time to pursue his legal career.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Christopherson married Abbie M. Deyoe (1871-1952) from Cedar Falls, Iowa on November 30, 1897. Her parents were both born in New York State. . They had two children: Wanda M. and Charles A. Christopherson. He and his family belonged to the Congregational Church. He participated in the Masons, the International Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, and the Elks. [2] He died in 1951 and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.[2]


  1. ^ "Christopherson, Charles Andrew, (1871 - 1951)". 69th Congress Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "George W. Kingsbury", History of Dakota Territory, Vol. V (1915), p. 248
  3. ^ a b Dana R. Bailey, History of Minnehaha County, South Dakota (1899), p. 491
  4. ^ "Charles Andrew Christopherson (1871-1951)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved May 15, 2016.

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