Joseph Jacob Foss papers
This collection consists of correspondence, manuscript and print materials related to Joe Foss' term as South Dakota governor from 1955-1959.
- 1955 - 1959
- Foss, Joe, 1915-2003 (Person)
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Foss was elected in Minnehaha County as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives in 1948 and 1952. He served two terms as governor of South Dakota, from 1955-1959. During his time as governor, he won a bonus for Korean War veterans, helped increase aid for education, and secured passage of a record state budget. Foss was also Commissioner of the American Football League, vice-president of Raven Industries, president of the National Rifle Association and president of the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults from 1969-1971. He hosted a television show entitled "The Outdoorsman: Joe Foss” and co-wrote A proud American: the autobiography of Joe Foss.
Joe Foss died on January 1, 2003.
15.5 linear feet (23 document boxes and 4 record cartons)
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