Alcester, South Dakota , United States
|| December 31, 1910
|Died||April 26, 1987
May 08, 2018 01:19am
|Info||Archie M. Gubbrud was born in Norway Township in Lincoln County, South Dakota. He was one of four children born to Torval Marius and Ella (Rommeriam) Gubbrud. The family name, "Gubbrud," was derived for the Norwegian words for "golden bridge." From 1911 to 1914, Gubbrud's grandfather Andrew Rommeriam had served in the South Dakota House of Representatives and had been a friend of South Dakota governor Peter Norbeck. In 1929, Gubbrud graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton, South Dakota. |
After the death of his father in 1934, Gubbrud became responsible for the Gubbrud family farm and was quite successful at farming. His political career started that same year when he became Norway Township clerk. From 1947 to 1952, Gubbrud served as chairman of Elmwood School. In 1948, he was the Lincoln County delegate to the South Dakota state Republican convention. In 1950, Gubbrud was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives. In 1951, he won the Mississippi Valley Association Soil Conservation Award for South Dakota.
In 1960, Gubbrud ran for Governor of South Dakota, beating the incumbent, Ralph Herseth, by only 4,435 votes. In 1962, Gubbrud was elected for a second term when he beat Ralph Herseth by 31,000 votes.
In 1965, Gubbrud left office and returned to the Gubbrud family farm seven and a half miles northeast of Alcester, South Dakota. In 1968, Gubbrud reluctantly ran for the office of United States Senator after being urged to do so by the Republicans but was beat by the incumbent, Senator George McGovern. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Gubbrud as state director of the Farmers Home Administration, and, Gubbrud held that position until 1977. He returned to the Gubbrud farm and remained there until the time of his death from lung cancer. He was buried in the cemetery of Lands Lutheran Church.