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Term: Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940

Definition:

editor, author, university president, politician, b. Queen City, Mo. He graduated from Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill. (B.A., 1912; M.A., 1921). At the age of ten, Frank joined the Methodist Church; his oratorical skill soon became apparent and was so developed that by the age of 16 he became a full-fledged circuit rider. He spent the summer before entering Northwestern (1909) touring in Iowa with the evangelist, Billy Sunday. After graduating from Northwestern, Frank served as executive assistant to the president of the university (1912-1916). He was an assistant and counselor for the Boston merchant, Edward A. Filene (1916-1919), and in 1919 became associate editor of Century magazine. He was editor of this publication (1921-1925), and became nationally known as the "boy editor." In 1925 he was appointed president of the Univ. of Wisconsin, and began an administration that was marked by controversy, criticism, and hostility. Many of the university faculty members were offended by Frank's emphasis on unorthodox techniques in higher education, especially his appointment of Alexander Meiklejohn (1926) to head a newly created Experimental College (1927-1932). In 1928 his action barring Dora Russell (wife of British philosopher, Bertram Russell) from speaking at the university increased faculty hostility. In addition to these problems, the depression created serious difficulties in university finances, and Frank became involved in a series of quarrels with Governor Philip F. La Follette and Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr. (q.v.). In 1937, following a trial that attracted nationwide attention, the university regents voted 8-7 to dismiss Frank from the presidency. He soon became editor of a Chicago farm magazine, Rural Progress, but continued to live in Wisconsin. His interests turned increasingly to politics, and he became closely allied with ex-President Herbert Hoover. He helped guide the Republican party toward an isolationist viewpoint, and in 1940 was a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator, hoping to unseat his old enemy, incumbent Progressive R. M. La Follette, Jr. While on a campaign tour, he was killed in an auto accident near Green Bay. Dict. Amer. Biog., Suppl. 2; Who's Who in Amer., 21 (1940); Madison Wis. State Journal, Sept. 15, 1940; Natl. Cyclopaedia Amer. Biog., 29 (1941).

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Glenn Frank Speech for details.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

92 records found

Armstrong Creek, Town of, Forest Co.
Babcock, Joseph Weeks 1850 - 1909
Baensch, Emil 1857 - 1939
Baker, Ray Stannard [David Grayson] 1870 - 1946
Bancroft, Levi Horace 1861 - 1948
Barton, Albert Olaus 1870 - 1947
Beck, Joseph David 1866 - 1936
Berceau, Terese 1950
Blaine, John James 1873 - 1934
Bolens, Harry Wilbur 1864 - 1944
Bosshard, Otto 1876 - 1943
Brown [Willis], Olympia 1835 - 1926
Bryant, George Edwin 1832 - 1907
Capitol fire (1904)
Carpenter, Tim
Chvala, Chuck 1954
Chynoweth, Herbert William 1848 - 1906
Commons, John Rogers 1862 - 1945
Connor, William Duncan 1864 - 1944
conservation movement
Cook, Samuel Andrew 1849 - 1918
Crownhart, Charles Henry 1863 - 1930
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Frear, James Archibald 1861 - 1939
Gale, Zona 1874 - 1938
Ganfield, William Arthur 1873 - 1940
Gelatt, Roland Bernard 1856 - 1917
governors
Haight, Theron Wilber 1840 - 1913
Handley, John Joseph 1876 - 1941
Hannan, John Joseph 1866 - 1946
Hatton, William H. 1856 - 1937
Haugen, Nils Pederson 1849 - 1931
Heil, Julius Peter 1876 - 1949
Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918
Holmes, Frederick Lionel 1883 - 1946
Hough, Maxine 1961
Houser, Walter L. 1855 - 1928
Huber, Henry Allen 1869 - 1933
Hull, Merlin 1870 - 1953
James, Ada Lois 1876 - 1952
Kading, Charles August 1874 - 1956
Kohler, Walter Jodok 1875 - 1940
Kronshage, Theodore Jr. 1869 - 1934
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
La Follette, Belle Case, 1859-1931
La Follette, Bronson C. 1936
La Follette, Douglas J.
La Follette, Philip Fox, 1897-1965
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. (1855-1925)(Histori
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. 1855 - 1925
La Follette, Robert Marion, Jr., 1895 - 1953
La Follette, Town of, Burnett Co.
La Follette, Town of, Forest Co.
Lafollette
Lassa, Julie M. 1970
Lenroot, Irvine Luther 1869 - 1949
Levitan, Solomon 1862 - 1940
Mccarthy, Charles 1873 - 1921
Mcgovern, Francis Edward 1866 - 1946
Myrick, Harry Pierce 1857 - 1916
Odell, Emery Alvin 1871 - 1953
Olbrich, Michael Balthasar 1881 - 1929
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
primary elections in Wisconsin
Progressive Movement
Sawyer, Philetus 1816 - 1900
Schilling, Robert 1843 - 1922
Schmedeman, Albert George 1864 - 1946
Scofield, Edward 1842 - 1925
Siebecker, Robert George 1854 - 1922
Sinicki, Christine 1960
Skindrud, Richard A. 1944
Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919
Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918
Stevens, Edmond Ray 1869 - 1930
Teasdale, Howard (1855 - 1936)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Travis, David M. 1948
Von Cotzhausen, Frederick William 1838 - 1924
Whitehead, John Meek 1852 - 1924
Wilcox, Roy Porter 1873 - 1946
Wilder, Amos Parker 1862 - 1936
Youmans, Theodora Winton, 1863 - 1932

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