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Term: Huber, Henry Allen 1869 - 1933


lawyer, politician, b. Evergreen, Allegheny County, Pa. He moved to Pleasant Springs, Dane County, Wis., with his parents in 1879. After graduating from the Univ. of Wisconsin (LL.B., 1896), he set up a law practice in Stoughton. He was city attorney of Stoughton for several years and also served as a member of the county board. A Progressive Republican, Huber was state assemblyman (1905-1906), state senator (1913-1924), and lieutenant governor (1925-1933). An ardent advocate of La Follette Progressivism, he served as executive secretary to R. M. La Follette, Sr. (q.v.), from 1903 to 1904, and during World War I, gave numerous speeches in the legislature defending La Follette's position on the War. Huber gained nationwide attention as the author of the Huber Law of 1913, which allowed county prisoners to be employed during the day, and is also credited with introducing the first unemployment insurance bill in any American legislature. Who's Who in Amer., 17 (1932); Wis. Blue Book (1927); Milwaukee Journal, Feb. 1, 1933; H. A. Huber Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Henry A. Huber Papers for details.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

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