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The following summary is from the guide to his papers at the Archives and Special Collections:

Frank L. Farrar was born April 2, 1929 in Britton, South Dakota. Farrar was the only Governor of South Dakota who was also elected governor at South Dakota Boys State. He attended and graduated the University of South Dakota with a business degree and a law degree. He served in the Korean War. In 1953, he married Patricia Henley and had five children.

After leaving the army, Farrar opened a law practice in Britton, served as Marshall County Judge and State’s Attorney for Marshall County. He was also elected president of the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association. Then, Farrar was elected as the youngest South Dakota Attorney General for three two-year terms in 1962.

In 1968, Farrar was elected governor. One of his major accomplishments was signing the Narcotics Drug Act to fight against drug users and dealers. In 1970 he was defeated for reelection and returned to practice law.

The Frank L. Farrar papers consist primarily of materials from his time as South Dakota governor.

Collection size 3.5 linear ft.

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