Frank Leroy Farrar (born April 2, 1929) is an American politician who was the 24th Governor of South Dakota. A Republican from Britton, he served as the state's attorney general from 1963 to 1969, and as governor from 1969 to 1971. After leaving office, he chaired several holding companies and became the owner of numerous banks.
|24th Governor of South Dakota|
January 7, 1969 – January 5, 1971
|Preceded by||Nils Boe|
|Succeeded by||Richard F. Kneip|
|22nd Attorney General of South Dakota|
|Governor||Archie M. Gubbrud|
|Preceded by||Albert C. Miller|
|Succeeded by||Gordon Mydland|
|Born||April 2, 1929|
Britton, South Dakota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Farrar (1953–2015; her death)|
|Alma mater||University of South Dakota (BS, 1951, LLB 1953)|
Early life and educationEdit
Farrar earned a B.S. from the University of South Dakota an LL.B degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He did not take the bar exam as he was admitted to the South Dakota bar under the state's diploma privilege. He was in the US Army Reserve from 1949 through 1953, and on active duty during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. He married the former Patricia Henley on June 5, 1953, in Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was stationed in the U.S. Army.
After the Korean War ended, Farrar was an Internal Revenue Agent until 1957. He was a judge in 1958. Farrar served as State's Attorney for Marshall County from 1959 to 1962. He also served as President of the States Attorneys Association. He was Attorney General for South Dakota from 1963 to 1969.
On May 22, 1962, Farrar announced that he was running for Attorney General. Sterling Clark, of Belle Fourche, also ran for the Republican nomination for Attorney General. Farrar won the nomination with 96,608 1/2 vote to 57,339 1/2 votes for Clark. Farrar went on to defeat Democrat Thomas E. Poe of Vermillion, South Dakota, in the general election. Poe had replaced Democrat William Day of Winner, South Dakota, who resigned his candidacy for business reasons. 
On July 1, 1964, Farrar sought re-nomination as Attorney General. He was re-elected in the general election with 157,848 votes defeating Democrat William C. Grady who received 125,047. In the general election Farrar ran against Democrat Robert M. Swanson. Farrar won a third term with 141,734 votes to 79,670 for Swanson. With Farrar's election to a third term as Attorney there was much speculation that he would be the heir apparent for Republican Gubernatorial nomination in 1968. Elected Governor, he served in that capacity from January 7, 1969 to January 5, 1971.
Farrar has over 17,000 hours of logged piloting time. He is also an avid athlete, completing the Kona Ironman Competition at age 73, a decade after surviving lymphatic cancer. He also holds the 9th fastest finishing time in the Coeur D’Alene Ironman in the 70+ Men's division. He completed the 2003 race in 16:48:49. His wife, former First Lady of South Dakota Patricia Farrar, who was also a Senior Olympian, died on October 31, 2015, at the age of 84.
- Former S.D. First Lady Pat Farrar dies at 84
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- "Frank Farrar". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- "The First Ladies of South Dakota". South Dakota State Historical Society. 1973.
- Rapid City Journal, May 22, 1962, page 18
- "Frank Farrer". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- Rapid City Journal, May 22, 1962, page 18
- The Daily Plainsman, July 17, 1962, page 1
- Sioux Falls Argus Leader, October 12, 1962, page 8
- The Daily Republic, August 4, 1962, page 10
- The Daily Plainsman, July 1, 1964, page 1-2
- Deadwood Pioneer-Times, November 4, 1964, page 1
- Rapid City Journal, November 4, 1966, page 10
- The Daily Republic, November 16, 1966, page 18
- "Meet Frank Farrar, Kona's Last Official Finisher in 2002". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-12-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Nelson, Katie (2015-10-31). "Former S.D. First Lady Pat Farrar dies at 84". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
- National Governors Association: Frank Farrar
- KDLT News: "Frank Farrar: A Man Made of Iron"
- Ironman: "Meet Frank Farrar, Kona's Last Official Finisher in 2002"
- on YouTube
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of South Dakota
Albert C. Miller
| Attorney General of South Dakota
Gordon J. Mydland
| Governor of South Dakota
Richard F. Kneip