Ellis Yarnal Berry
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Dakota's 2nd district
January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1971
|Francis H. Case|
|Member of the South Dakota Senate|
|Born||October 6, 1902|
|Died||April 1, 1999 (aged 96)|
Rapid City, South Dakota
|Alma mater||Morningside College|
University of South Dakota School of Law
He was a student at Morningside College from 1920 through 1922. He transferred to the University of South Dakota, where he completed his undergraduate work and studied law, graduating with a law degree in 1927. He was admitted to the bar that same year under diploma privilege.
Berry started his law practice in Kennebec, South Dakota; two years later, he moved to McLaughlin. He was elected as state's attorney, probate court judge for Corson County, and mayor of McLaughlin. He served as the publisher of the newspaper Mclaughlin Messenger beginning in 1938. He was editor of the State Bar Association Journal from 1938 through 1950.
Berry was elected to the South Dakota State Senate from 1938 through 1942, a total of two terms.
In 1950, Berry was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives, and reelected nine consecutive times, retiring in 1971. Beginning in 1952, he also published the McIntosh News and Morristown World.
In 1966, journalist Drew Pearson reported that Berry was one of a group of Congressman who had received the "Statesman of the Republic" award from Liberty Lobby for his "right-wing activities". Berry voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,1960, and 1968, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
After retiring from Congress, Berry he settled in Rapid City, South Dakota. He lived there until his death in 1999.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Francis H. Case
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 2nd congressional district
| Oldest Living United States Representative
(Sitting or Former)
May 8, 1998 - April 1, 1999