Ellis Yarnal Berry
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Dakota's 2nd district
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1971
|Preceded by||Francis H. Case|
|Succeeded by||James Abourezk|
|Member of the South Dakota Senate|
|Born||October 6, 1902|
|Died||April 1, 1999 (aged 96)|
Rapid City, South Dakota
|Alma mater||Morningside College|
University of South Dakota School of Law
Early life and education
He was a student at Morningside College from 1920 through 1922. He transferred to the University of South Dakota, where he completed his undergraduate work and studied law, graduating with a law degree in 1927. He was admitted to the bar that same year under diploma privilege.
Berry started his law practice in Kennebec, South Dakota; two years later, he moved to McLaughlin. He was elected as state's attorney, probate court judge for Corson County, and mayor of McLaughlin. He served as the publisher of the newspaper Mclaughlin Messenger beginning in 1938. He was editor of the State Bar Association Journal from 1938 through 1950.
Berry was elected to the South Dakota State Senate from 1938 through 1942, a total of two terms.
In 1950, Berry was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives, and reelected nine consecutive times, retiring in 1971. Beginning in 1952, he also published the McIntosh News and Morristown World.
After retiring from Congress, Berry he settled in Rapid City, South Dakota. He lived there until his death in 1999.
Legacy and honors
- After retiring from Congress in 1971, he donated his papers to Black Hills State University. The Berry Collection is housed at the E. Y. Berry Library-Learning Center of Black Hills State University and consists of more than 500 boxes of manuscript materials.
- BHSU's Library-Learning Center is named for Congressman Berry.
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress, 1774-1989: Bicentennial Edition. United States: Government Printing Office, 1989. ISBN 0-16-006384-1
- E. Y. Berry Library-Learning Center.
- United States Congress. "Ellis Yarnal Berry (id: B000416)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Francis H. Case
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 2nd congressional district
| Oldest Living United States Representative
(Sitting or Former)
May 8, 1998 – April 1, 1999