William Henry McMaster
|United States Senator|
from South Dakota
March 4, 1925 - March 3, 1931
|William J. Bulow|
|10th Governor of South Dakota|
January 4, 1921 - January 6, 1925
|12th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
January 2, 1917 - January 4, 1921
|Member of the South Dakota Senate|
|Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives|
|Born||May 10, 1877|
Ticonic, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||September 14, 1968 (aged 91)|
Dixon, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Beloit College|
William Henry McMaster (May 10, 1877 – September 14, 1968) was the tenth Governor of South Dakota, serving from 1921 until 1925, and also a United States Senator from that state. He was a member of the Republican Party.
McMaster was born to Samuel and Sara (Woodsum) McMaster in Ticonic, Iowa, Monona County, Iowa. His family moved to Sioux City, Iowa after the death of his father in 1880; and while growing up, he contributed to the family income by delivering the morning edition of the "Sioux City Journal." McMaster graduated from Sioux City High School and in 1899, he received a B.A. degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin.
In 1901, he moved to Yankton, South Dakota and worked as a cashier at that Security State Bank in Gayville, eventually becoming president of a banking chain in 1910. He married Harriett Louise Russell and they had two children.
Winning the nomination and the election McMaster became Governor of South Dakota from 1921 through 1924. As a friend of the farming community, he fought to revise taxes and provide state guaranteed credit as well as waging a successful battle against high gasoline prices.
United States Senator from 1925 through 1931. Defeated in his bid for re-election, he became Vice President, then President and finally Chairman of the Board of Dixon National Bank in Illinois.
Aged 91 years, McMaster died in Yankton and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Lee County, Illinois US.
|Oshkosh State Titans (Independent) (1899)|
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of South Dakota
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from South Dakota
John Chandler Gurney
| Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
| Governor of South Dakota
| United States Senator (Class 2) from South Dakota
William J. Bulow