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Theodore B. Werner (June 2, 1892 – January 24, 1989) was a U.S. Democratic politician who served as a member of Congress from South Dakota.

Theodore B. Werner
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Theodore B. Werner
Mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota
In office
Preceded byEugene Bangs
Succeeded byWinfield Morrill
U.S. Representative for South Dakota's 2nd District
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937
Preceded byRoyal C. Johnson
Succeeded byFrancis H. Case
Personal details
Born(1892-06-02)June 2, 1892
Ossian, Iowa
DiedJanuary 24, 1989(1989-01-24) (aged 96)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Political partyDemocratic

Early life and educationEdit

Werner was born in Ossian, Iowa to German immigrants.[1] He attended parochial schools in Iowa, after which he studied law in Illinois and Wisconsin.


In 1909 Werner moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, where he became involved in the newspaper and commercial printing businesses. He became editor and publisher of the weekly Gate City Guide in 1912, and continued as publisher until 1965.

Political careerEdit

He was Rapid City's Postmaster from 1915 to 1923. He was a City Commissioner from 1927 to 1930, and served as Rapid City's Mayor in 1929 and 1930. In 1930 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress.

In 1932 Werner was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1934 and served from March 4, 1933 to January 3, 1937. He lost his 1936 bid for reelection to Francis H. Case.

In 1947 Werner was appointed United States Marshal for South Dakota, and he served until 1951.

He died in Rapid City on January 24, 1989, and was buried in Rapid City's Mountain View Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Theodore B. Werner (id: W000299)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Theodore B. Werner at United States Marshals Service
  • Theodore B. Werner at Rapid City Public Library


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1900", FamilySearch, retrieved March 29, 2018

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Royal C. Johnson
United States Representative (2nd District) for South Dakota
Succeeded by
Francis H. Case