Joseph H. Bottum
|United States Senator|
from South Dakota
July 9, 1962 – January 3, 1963
|Appointed by||Archie M. Gubbrud|
|Preceded by||Francis H. Case|
|Succeeded by||George McGovern|
|27th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
|Governor||Archie M. Gubbrud|
|Preceded by||John F. Lindley|
|Succeeded by||Nils Boe|
Joseph Henry Bottum
August 7, 1903
Faulkton, South Dakota
|Died||July 4, 1984 (aged 80)|
Rapid City, South Dakota
|Alma mater||University of South Dakota School of Law|
Joseph Henry Bottum (August 7, 1903 – July 4, 1984) was an American politician. He served as the 27th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota and as a member of the United States Senate from South Dakota.
Bottum was born in Faulkton, South Dakota and was educated in the public schools of Faulkton. His paternal grandfather, Henry C. Bottum, had been a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, his maternal grandfather, Darius S. Smith, had been a member of the South Dakota Senate and his father, Joseph H. Bottum, was also a member of the South Dakota Senate. He attended Yankton College and the University of South Dakota (1920–1921). He graduated from the law school of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1927. He was admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced the practice of law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1928.
Bottum became a state's attorney at Faulkton from 1932 to 1936. He was director of taxation for the State of South Dakota from 1937 to 1943. In 1942 Bottum was unsuccessful in seeking the Republican nomination for Governor and in 1950 he was unsuccessful in his attempt to gain the Republican nomination for Representative.
He became the 27th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1961 to 1962, and was then appointed on July 9, 1962 as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis H. Case. He served until January 3, 1963. He was a candidate in 1962 for election to a full term in the Senate, but was defeated by the Democratic candidate, George McGovern, in an extremely close race (50.1%-49.9%).
The son of Joseph Henry Bottum Sr. (1853–1946), circuit judge in Faulkton, South Dakota, from 1911 to 1942, Bottum followed his father onto the court, serving from 1965 to 1980 as a South Dakota circuit judge. Among the trials over which he presided was the controversial prosecution of the Native American activist Russell Means by then-Attorney General Bill Janklow.
Death and legacy
Bottum was a resident of Rapid City, South Dakota until his death. He is interred at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City, South Dakota.
- United States Congress. "Joseph H. Bottum (id: B000656)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Joseph H. Bottum at Find a Grave
John F. Lindley
| Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Francis H. Case
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from South Dakota
Served alongside: Karl E. Mundt