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Fred H. Hildebrandt, Congressman from South Dakota. 1938.

Fred Hermann Hildebrandt (August 2, 1874 – January 26, 1956) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota, serving three consecutive terms. He worked for the railroad for nearly three decades and was appointed as head of the South Dakota Game and Fish Commission, serving from 1927 to 1931.

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Early life and educationEdit

Hildebrandt was born in West Bend, Wisconsin in 1874. He moved with his parents to Waupun, Wisconsin, where he attended the public and high schools.

CareerEdit

He later moved to Watertown, South Dakota in 1900. He started working for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and made that his career, from 1903 to 1932.

Political careerEdit

He was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives, serving from 1922 to 1923. He was appointed as head of the South Dakota Game and Fish Commission, serving from 1927 to 1931.

In 1932, Hildebrandt was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives; he was elected to two more terms, serving through 1938. In 1938, he ran unsuccessfully for the position of United States Senator.

After his defeat, Hildebrandt retired from public life and resided in Watertown. He died in Bradenton, Florida in 1956, and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Watertown.

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Fred H. Hildebrandt (id: H000584)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Fred H. Hildebrandt at Find a Grave  
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles A. Christopherson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota's 1st congressional district
1933–1939
Succeeded by
Karl E. Mundt