BUSHFIELD, Vera Cahalan, (1889 - 1976)

Senate Years of Service: 1948-1948
Party: Republican

South Dakota State Historical Society

BUSHFIELD, Vera Cahalan, (wife of Harlan J. Bushfield), a Senator from South Dakota; born in Miller, Hand County, S.Dak., August 9, 1889; attended the public schools; graduated from Stout Institute, Menominee, Wis., in 1912; also attended Dakota Wesleyan University and the University of Minnesota; appointed on October 6, 1948, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Harlan J. Bushfield, and served from October 6, 1948, until her resignation on December 26, 1948; died in Fort Collins, Colo., April 16, 1976; interment in the G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller, S.Dak.


Pressler, Larry. “Vera Bushfield.” In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 129-30. Vermillion, S. Dak.: Dakota Press, 1982; ”Vera Cahalan Bushfield,” in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006.