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.[1]

Merrell Q. Sharpe
17th Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 5, 1943 – January 7, 1947
LieutenantAlbert C. Miller
Sioux K. Grigsby
Preceded byHarlan J. Bushfield
Succeeded byGeorge T. Mickelson
12th Attorney General of South Dakota
In office
GovernorWilliam J. Bulow
Warren Green
Preceded byBuell F. Jones
Succeeded byD. Walter Conway
Personal details
Born(1888-01-11)January 11, 1888
Marysville, Kansas
DiedJanuary 22, 1962(1962-01-22) (aged 74)
Kennebec, South Dakota
Political partyRepublican
SpouseEmily Auld
Alma materUniversity of South Dakota School of Law

Biography edit

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.[1] He married Emily Auld and they had one child, Lorna Mae Sharpe.

Career edit

Sharpe worked as a newspaper reporter while he studied at a Kansas City law school. He moved to South Dakota and earned an LL.B. 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 served as state Attorney General from 1929 to 1933. From 1937 to 1939, he was chairman of the South Dakota code commission appointed to revise the state's statutes.

Elected in 1942, Sharpe served as 17th governor of South Dakota from 1943 to 1947. During his tenure, he devoted himself to the war effort, promoted education, encouraged tourism and conservation.[1]

Death edit

Sharpe died in Kennebec and is interred at Graceland Cemetery, Oacoma, Lyman County, South Dakota US.

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Merrell Sharpe". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Attorney General of South Dakota
1928, 1930, 1932
Succeeded by
Roy A. Nord
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of South Dakota
1942, 1944
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by Attorney General of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by