Harold Lovre

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Harold Orrin Lovre
Harold Orrin Lovre, Congressional Portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1957
Preceded byKarl E. Mundt
Succeeded byGeorge McGovern
Member of the South Dakota Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1904-01-30)January 30, 1904
Toronto, South Dakota
DiedJanuary 17, 1972(1972-01-17) (aged 67)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Viola Florell
Alma materSt. Olaf College
University of South Dakota (JD)

Harold Orrin Lovre (January 30, 1904 – January 17, 1972) was an American Republican who was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Early life and education[edit]

Lovre was born in Toronto, South Dakota. He was married to Viola Florell. He graduated the University of South Dakota School of Law with his J.D. in 1927.

Law and political career[edit]

He was admitted to the bar in 1927 via diploma privilege and began the practice of law in Hayti, South Dakota. He twice acted as the state's attorney of Hamlin County (1929-1932 and 1937-1940) and in Watertown, South Dakota Codington County 1944-1949. He additionally served as President of the State Board of Agriculture in 1939 and 1940.[1] He was also member of the South Dakota state senate 1941-1944.

Lovre was elected to the South Dakota Senate in 1941 and again in 1944, also serving as Chairman of the South Dakota Republican Committee in 1947 and 1948.

Congressional career[edit]

In 1949, he was elected on the Republican ticket to the 81st Congress of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota and served from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1957. He ran for re-election to a fifth term in 1956 but lost to George McGovern.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

Lovre then resumed the private practice of law in Maryland until his death, living in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he died. His remains were buried at Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville, Maryland.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Harold Orrin Lovre". Find a Grave.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Karl E. Mundt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
George McGovern