Frank Farrar, the former governor of South Dakota who imposed a state-wide ban on all abortions in 1973, has died at age 92. The controversial law was overturned by Roe v Wade and other legal decisions.
Farrar served as the ninth Governor of South Dakota from 1983 to 1991. He was a conservative Republican and served in the United States Army during World War II, including service on D-Day. His death at age 93 leaves behind his wife, six sons and one daughter who survive him.,
Frank Farrar was a rising political figure at one point. According to the Rapid City Journal, he was even dubbed “boy wonder.” Regardless of his ascendancy, his political fall would be rapid.
He set out to make some adjustments after gaining office as South Dakota’s highest elected official. It’s unclear how history will remember them, although they were unpopular at the time. He was considered as a statesman for the remainder of his life after leaving government.
On October 31, 2021, he died.
According to KELO, Frank Farrar has died.
He died almost three decades after being diagnosed with deadly blood malignancy. Farrar and his wife would keep up their health and sports pursuits. Farrar would eventually give credit to this individual for overcoming the original survival chances.
Farrar graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree. He also went on to the University of South Dakota College of Law, where he earned his law degree. He was a captain in the United States Army when he retired, serving during the Korean War. Farrar served for the Internal Revenue Duty in addition to his military service.
In the late 1950s, he started his political career. Farrar was appointed as a judge in Marshall County, which is located in northern South Dakota.
He was appointed state’s attorney for the same county the following year.
Farrar was first elected as Attorney General of South Dakota in 1962 as a Republican. In 1964 and 1966, he was re-elected to the position. Nils Boe, the incumbent Republican governor, decided not to fight for re-election in 1968. He would go on to work for the White House before going on to be a federal judge for a long time.
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Farrar won the election to replace Boe as governor of South Dakota. His career seemed to be on the rise, but it would not last long. Farrar took on a number of projects, including tax and energy policy improvements. At the time, his decision to raise the state’s sales tax did not go down well. His successful campaign to enact energy laws didn’t help matters.
This seems to have irritated the state’s rural electric and gas firms in particular.
Farrar was defeated in his re-election campaign in 1970 by Democratic State Senator Richard F. Kneip. President Jimmy Carter would eventually appoint Kneip as the United States ambassador to Singapore.
Frank Farrar resurfaced as a popular figure in South Dakota after leaving the governorship. He was made a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2006. Farrar’s other hobbies would include banking, farming, and charity causes, in addition to his fitness-related endeavors.
On the anniversary of his wife’s death, he died.
Frank Farrar died six years to the day after his wife of more than 50 years passed away.
He and his wife, Patricia Henley, have five children together. Parkinson’s illness and Lewy body dementia were the causes of her death.
It wasn’t immediately apparent if Frank’s death was directly connected to blood cancer. He was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he had previously received treatment for it.
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