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Andrew Erickson Lee papers

Identifier: MS-087

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence, both executive and personal, from Andrew Lee's time as South Dakota Governor.


  • Creation: 1897 - 1902


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research without restriction. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Andrew E. Lee was born in Norway March 18, 1847 and then moved with his family to Wisconsin. He moved to Dakota Territory in 1867 and started a mercantile partnership with Charles Prentis in Vermillion in 1869. Lee married Annie Chappell in 1872. He served on the Vermillion City Council and then as mayor of Vermillion. Lee was nominated by Populists party and was elected as the third governor of South Dakota in 1897 until 1901. He authorized construction of Northern Normal School in Aberdeen, the School for the Blind in Gary, and a State hospital in Redfield. After his two terms as governor and an unsuccessful attempt for the U.S. House in 1900 he ran for governor again but lost to Robert S. Vessey in 1908. He died in Vermillion March 19, 1934.


1 linear foot (2 document boxes)

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Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository