Franklin Edvard Denholm[1] (November 29, 1923 – April 7, 2016) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota. He was born in Scotland Township of Day County, South Dakota.

Frank Denholm
Frank E. Denholm.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byBen Reifel
Succeeded byLarry Pressler
Personal details
Franklin Edvard Denholm

(1923-11-29)November 29, 1923
Day County, South Dakota, U.S.
DiedApril 7, 2016(2016-04-07) (aged 92)
Brookings, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSouth Dakota State University
University of South Dakota
University of Minnesota

Early life and educationEdit

He was educated in the public schools of the area, and graduated from South Dakota State University in 1956. He went on to receive a degree in J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law, and continued to do post-graduate work in the field of public administration at the University of Minnesota.


He worked as a farmer and auctioneer, and engaged in the business of interstate trucking. He was elected to the position of Day County sheriff in 1950, and served in that capacity through 1952, and later joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1956, serving there through 1961.

He was admitted to the bar in 1962 under diploma privilege. He returned to Brookings, South Dakota to start his legal practice. During this time back in Brookings, he also served as a lecturer in economics, law, and political science at South Dakota State University.

Political careerEdit

He was a delegate to the South Dakota State Democratic conventions in 1950 and 1952, and later to the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1971, and remained in that role until 1975, after losing the election in 1974. He then returned to the practice of law in Brookings, South Dakota, the city in which he lived after office.


Denholm died on April 7, 2016, at the age of 92 in Brookings, South Dakota.[2]


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  2. ^ Ellis, Jonathan (April 7, 2016). "Former Rep. Frank Denholm dies at age 92". Argus Leader. Retrieved April 7, 2016.

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ben Reifel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota's 1st congressional district
Succeeded by
Larry Pressler