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Nils Boe

Nils Andreas Boe
Senior Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
In office
April 30, 1984 – July 30, 1992
Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
In office
November 1, 1980 – April 30, 1984
Appointed by Assigned to court by operation of law
Preceded by Court created
Succeeded by Nicholas Tsoucalas
Chief Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
August 10, 1971 – November 1, 1980
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Samuel Murray Rosenstein
Succeeded by Court abolished
23rd Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 5, 1965 – January 7, 1969
Lieutenant Lem Overpeck
Preceded by Archie M. Gubbrud
Succeeded by Frank Farrar
28th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
In office
Governor Archie M. Gubbrud
Preceded by Joseph H. Bottum
Succeeded by Lem Overpeck
Personal details
Born (1913-09-10)September 10, 1913
Baltic, South Dakota
Died July 30, 1992(1992-07-30) (aged 78)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Political party Republican
Relations Nils N. (father) and Sissel C. Finseth (mother)
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison (A.B., 1935, LL.B. 1937)
Profession Judge
Religion Lutheran

Nils Andreas Boe (September 10, 1913 – July 30, 1992)[1] was an American politician who served as the 23rd Governor of South Dakota from 1965 to 1969. He served as a Judge for the United States Customs Court, later the United States Court of International Trade.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • Federal Judicial Service 3
  • Death 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Boe was born in Baltic in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. He was the son of Lutheran minister Nils N. Boe and Sissel Catherine Finseth, both immigrants from Norway.[2] He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1935), where he was a member of the track team, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School (1937). Boe served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II.[3]


Boe was later elected to the state legislature representing Sioux Falls from 1953 to 1958. He was the 28th Lieutenant Governor from 1963 to 1965 and Governor from 1965 to 1969.

The Boe administration improved the state's reservoir system, enacted a worker training program to attract new industry to South Dakota, increased state aid to schools, and created a retirement program for state employees. The administration also was noteworthy for advocating property tax cuts and starting the state's educational television system. The legislature also passed laws prohibiting employment discrimination against women and guaranteeing women equal wages for equal work.

After leaving office, Boe was appointed by Richard M. Nixon as the first director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Executive Office of the President of the United States 1969 to 1971.[4]

Federal Judicial Service

On July 28, 1971, President Nixon nominated Boe to serve as a Judge for the United States Customs Court, to the seat vacated by Judge Samuel Murray Rosenstein. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 6, 1971 and received his commission on August 10, 1971. He served as Chief Judge of the Court from 1971 to 1977. On November 1, 1980, he was transferred by operation of law to the newly created United States Court of International Trade. He took senior status on April 30, 1984 and served in that capacity until his death. He was succeeded by Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas.[5]


Boe died of cancer on July 30, 1992, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[6]


  1. ^ "Nils Boe". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Minnehaha County, South Dakota (1920 Federal Census)
  3. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  4. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  5. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  6. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges

External links

  • Soylent Communications
  • National Governors Association

Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph H. Bottum
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Lem Overpeck
Preceded by
Archie M. Gubbrud
Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Frank Farrar
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