Merrell Quentin Sharpe (January 11, 1888 – January 22, 1962) was an American politician from Kennebec, South Dakota. Affiliated with the Republican Party, Sharpe was the attorney general of South Dakota from 1929 through 1933, and governor of South Dakota from 1943 through 1947.
Merrell Q. Sharpe
|17th Governor of South Dakota|
January 5, 1943 – January 7, 1947
|Lieutenant||Albert C. Miller|
Sioux K. Grigsby
|Preceded by||Harlan J. Bushfield|
|Succeeded by||George T. Mickelson|
|12th Attorney General of South Dakota|
|Governor||William J. Bulow|
|Preceded by||Buell F. Jones|
|Succeeded by||D. Walter Conway|
|Born||January 11, 1888|
|Died||January 22, 1962 (aged 74)|
Kennebec, South Dakota
|Alma mater||University of South Dakota School of Law|
Sharpe was born in Marysville, Kansas (in Marshall County), on January 11, 1888. Educated in the public schools of Axtel, Kansas, he taught in rural schools two years before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served for four years. He married Emily Auld and they had one child, Lorna Mae Sharpe.
Sharpe worked as a newspaper reporter while he studied at a Kansas City law school. He moved to South Dakota and earned a LLB from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1914. He had a private law practice in Oacoma, South Dakota, where he also farmed. Sharpe was the Lyman County State's Attorney from 1916 to 1920. During World War I he served as a corporal assigned to Camp Dodge in Iowa, and later as an officer candidate at Camp Grant (Illinois).
Sharpe died in Kennebec and is interred at Graceland Cemetery, Oacoma, Lyman County, South Dakota US.
- "Merrell Sharpe". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2 September 2012.