Richard Franklin Pettigrew


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Richard Franklin PETTIGREW
Formerly United States Senator
from South Dakota

112 Fourth Avenue. New York City,
January 1, 1922.


PETTIGREW, Richard Franklin, 1848-1926

Senate Years of Service :  1889-1897;  1897-1901
Party :  Republican;  Silver Republican

He was a Mason.  He was Raised a Master Mason on August 18, 1873, in our Minnehaha Lodge No. 5 and was a member of that Lodge until October 05, 1922, when he took a Demit from that Lodge.  We do not have a picture but this is his masonic record that we have on file in our archives.

Sincerely :
Larry D. Carlson, P.M.
Executive Director
Grand Lodge of South Dakota
PETTIGREW, Richard Franklin, a Delegate from the Territory of Dakota and a Senator from South Dakota;  born in Ludlow, Windsor County, Vt., July 23, 1848;  moved with his parents to Wisconsin in 1854;  attended the public schools and Evansville Academy, Evansville, Wis.;  entered Beloit College, Beloit, Wis., in 1864;  spent one year teaching school and studying law in Iowa;  entered the law department of the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1867;  went to Dakota in 1869 in the employ of a United States deputy surveyor;  settled in Sioux Falls;  was admitted to the bar about 1871;  practiced law, engaged in surveying and the real estate business;  member, Territorial house of representatives 1872;  served in the Territorial council 1877, 1879;  elected as a Republican Delegate to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883);  unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress;  member, Territorial council 1885;  upon the admission of South Dakota as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1889;  reelected in 1895 and served from November 2, 1889, to March 3, 1901;  left the Republican party on June 17, 1896 to join the Silver Republicans;  unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1900;  chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses);  engaged in the practice of law in New York City;  returned to Sioux Falls and was active in politics and business until his death in that city October 5, 1926;  interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.