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Archives and Special Collections: William Williamson, Papers 1892-1958

51 linear ft.


William Williamson donated the materials to the University of South Dakota in 1970.


William Williamson was born near New Sharon, Iowa on 7 October 1875 and moved with his parents to Plankinton, South Dakota in 1882. Williamson attended Wayne Normal School in Nebraska, and returning to South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1903. Two years later he received a law degree from the same university and passed the South Dakota bar. Williamson began practice in Lyman, South Dakota, where he served as prosecuting attorney for Lyman County from 1905 to 1911. He served as the circuit judge of the eleventh judicial district from 1911 to 1921. In 1921, he successfully campaigned for the republican House of Representative seat in Congress. After 1933, Williamson returned to South Dakota and practiced law in Rapid City. He served on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission from 1928 to 1972. Williamson died in Custer, South Dakota on 15 July 1972.

Scope and Content:

The Williamson Papers consist of manuscript, typescript and print materials including correspondence, diaries and items relating to Indian jurisdictional legislation, reclamation, and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The materials range from 1892-1958.

Related Subjects:

Williamson, William, 1875-1972
South Dakota--Politics and government
Indians of North America--South Dakota
Indians of North America--United States--Legal status, laws, etc.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial (S.D.)
Reclamation of land--United States
South Dakota--History
United States. Congress

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