As South Dakotans endured the Great Depression and the worst of the Dust Bowl, they elected a cowboy from Belvidere as their governor. Tom Berry rode in the 1902 cattle round up ordered by President Theodore Roosevelt and later was called "Cowboy" or by his first name in meetings with President Franklin Roosevelt.
A Democrat, Tom Berry was the second Democrat by 1933
|Governor Tom Berry|
Of 31 Governors of SD, Tom Berry was only one of four from West River (west of the Missouri in the state).
Paul Higbee's book is available and local bookstores and online.