Preserving "A Fair Chance For a Free People" - Karl E. Mundt


This section is dedicated to some of Senator Mundt's major accomplishments while serving on Senate Committees. Learn more about the prestigious positions Senator Mundt held. Read more about Senator Mundt's involvement in the placement of EROS Data Center and South Dakota's transportation system.


In this section you will find a brief description of Senator Mundt's involvement with the Mt. Rushmore Dollar Bill. Also you will learn more about Senator Mundt's involvement with the Voice of America and South Dakota's Wildlife Preservation. A library in Madison, SD, was named after Karl Mundt for all his years of service. Located in the basement of the library are the Mundt Archives and a replica of his Senate office. In this section you will find a virtual tour of his office.

The Red Scare

During the 1950s, a Wisconsin senator, Joseph McCarthy, brought the U.S. Senate Subcommittee a list of suspicious names in the U.S. Department of State. These were names of people identified as possible communists. This incident has been called the "Red Scare" and the practice of aggressively ferreting out dissidents or spies, McCarthyism due to investigations led by Senator McCarthy exposing possible communists within the U.S. Department of State. One case, in particular, that the public remembers was the first time a Senate Committee Hearing was broadcasted on television. Senator Karl Mundt was chairman of that committee. This hearing was called the "Army-McCarthy Hearings."

The Adjournment

Senator Mundt served the longest term in the United States Senate of any South Dakota Senators. In November of 1969, he suffered a severe stroke. He remained in office, but the senator's responsibilities were shouldered by members of his staff. The people who knew and loved him helped his legacy live on. Continue to read quotes from Karl's friends about his life, his dedication, and his passion for people.

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