Sioux K. Grigsby

Sioux Kingsbury Grigsby (December 25, 1873 – August 21, 1968) was an attorney and politician in the United States state of South Dakota. Grigsby was born into a prominent pioneering family, Kingsbury family in South Dakota and set up a law practice which he would maintain for over 60 years. Grigsby served as state representative, state senator, and Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1945 to 1949.

Sioux K. Grigsby
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23rd Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
In office
GovernorMerrill Q. Sharpe
George T. Mickelson
Preceded byA. C. Miller
Succeeded byRex A. Terry
Member of the South Dakota Senate
In office
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1873-12-25)December 25, 1873
Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory
DiedAugust 21, 1968(1968-08-21) (aged 94)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Alice Josephine Tyler
Anna Gilchriest
Alma materUniversity of South Dakota
Professionattorney, farmer

Early life and educationEdit

Grigsby was born in Sioux Falls in 1873 in what was then the Dakota Territory. His father was Colonel Melvin Grigsby, an American Civil War and Spanish–American War veteran who wrote a book about his experiences escaping from Confederate captivity called The Smoked Yank. Grigsby attended public schools followed by the University of South Dakota.[1] His mother was Fannie Louise Kingsbury, originally of New York and of the prominent Kingsbury family for which Kingsbury County, South Dakota is named.[2] Sioux Grigsby's brothers were George Barnes Grigsby, a prominent South Dakota state politician, and John (Jack) Thomas Grigsby, former Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1929 to 1931.[3] Sioux also had a sister, Frances Louise Grigsby (later Mrs. George Edwin Robinson). Grigsby attended public schools followed by the University of South Dakota.[1]

Career and politicsEdit

After being admitted to the state bar, Sioux Grigsby served as the assistant Attorney General of South Dakota with his father as Attorney General. Grigsby also served as the city attorney for Sioux Falls from 1908 to 1909. Grigsby was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 1937 for Minnehaha County, and he served for two years, until 1939, when he was elected to the South Dakota State Senate, where he served until 1945, when he was named lieutenant governor.[2] He had originally planned to run for the state senate again in 1945 but promptly withdrew his candidacy when he was nominated as lieutenant governor.[1] As lieutenant governor, he served alongside governors Merrill Q. Sharpe and George T. Mickelson. He also served in the capacity of acting governor briefly in 1947.[4] Active in the Minnehaha County, South Dakota, American Bar Associations and state Taxpayers' Association, Grigsby was one of the more well-known Republicans in South Dakota, even being crowned "Mr. Republican" of the state in 1955.[1][2] He also maintained a farm in Minnehaha County.

Personal lifeEdit

Sioux married Alice Josephine Tyler in 1899. They had no children. Sioux married Anna Gilchriest in 1917. They had two children, Suzanne (later Mrs. Russell Woolley) and William.


Sioux died on August 21, 1968, at a hospital in Sioux Falls. He was reportedly one of the oldest residents of Sioux Falls at the time.[5] He had previously retired from his law practice in 1966, after nearly 70 continuous years of practice, due to poor health.[2][6][7] Sioux was survived by his wife Anna, daughter Suzanne, and son William. An obituary of him at the time lauded him in that "his career ... [had] paralleled the development of his city and state".[5]

He is interred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sioux K. Grigsby". South Dakota Bar Journal. 37. 1968. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
  2. ^ a b c d "Former State Lt. Gov Dies", The Daily Plainsman, Thursday, August 22, 1968, Huron, South Dakota, United States Of America
  3. ^ "Mt Pleasant Cemetery – Sioux Falls, SD » Blog Archive » Col. Melvin Grigsby". Retrieved 2013-01-16.
  4. ^ "Acting Governor Receives Gift At Mock Conference", The Huronite and The Daily Plainsman, Wednesday, July 16, 1947, Huron, South Dakota, United States Of America
  5. ^ a b "Sioux Grigsby, 94, Dies at SF", The Daily Republic, Wednesday, August 21, 1968, Mitchell, South Dakota, United States Of America
  6. ^ "Around the World", Weekend Daily Reporter, Saturday, September 03, 1966, Dover, Ohio, United States Of America
  7. ^ "South Dakota Bar Journal - Google Books". 1968. Retrieved 2013-01-16 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "GRIGSBY, Sioux K. - Minnehaha County, South Dakota - Genealogy, Ancestor Research, Family History Records". Retrieved 2013-01-16.

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Political offices
Preceded by
A. C. Miller
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David J. Tiede
Member of the South Dakota Senate from the 7th District
Succeeded by
W. T. Knudtson