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Robert Scadden Vessey
Birth: May 16, 1858
Oshkosh
Winnebago County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 1929
Pasadena
Los Angeles County
California, USA

South Dakota Governor. He studied briefly at Oshkosh's Daggett Business College, and then worked as a lumberjack for five years. In 1882 he relocated to the Dakota Territory, settling in what is now Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Vessey became a farmer and merchant, and was also active in banking and other ventures. He was a Trustee of a local high school, Wessington Springs Seminary, and Dakota Wesleyan University. In 1904 he was elected to the South Dakota Senate and served two terms, 1905 to 1909, serving as Senate President in his second term. In 1908 he was the successful Republican nominee for Governor and served two terms, 1909 to 1913. Vessey was an advocate of campaign reform and other progressive measures, and oversaw enactment of laws requiring political parties to provide detailed reports of their expenses. He also advocated for laws compelling railroads to built connecting tracks at intersecting points on their lines, making it easier for farmers to transport their crops to market. He returned to his business interests after leaving office, and in 1920 moved to Pasadena, California, where he owned and operated a real estate business. In 1978 his home on College Street in Wessington Springs was added to the National Register of Historic Places. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Florence Albert Vessey (1862 - 1933)*
 
 Children:
  Florence Vessey (1881 - 1893)*
  Harry Albert Vessey (1886 - 1927)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum
Altadena
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Pasadena Mausoluem
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Sep 06, 2009
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Robert Scadden Vessey
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- Andrea
 Added: Jul. 15, 2013
Son of Charles and Jane Elizabeth (Kirkpatrick) Vessey. In the mercantile busines at Wessington Springs, S. D. 1884, pres. Vessey Bros., Wessington Springs State Bank; director of Carrizo Copper Co. (Mex.); Trustee of Wessington Springs Sem., and Dak. Wes...(Read more)
- JH
 Added: Nov. 2, 2012
Thank you for your service to South Dakota. Rest in peace
- P.L.M.
 Added: Sep. 8, 2009
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