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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 theGlenn Frank Speechfor 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]

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Fairchild, Col. Cassius (18291868)
Fairchild, Gov. Lucius (1831-1896)
Fairchild, Hiram Orlando 1845 - 1925
Fairchild, Jairus Cassius 1801 - 1862
Fairchild, Thomas E. 1912
Falge, Louis 1861 - 1918
Falk, Franz Lorenz 1824 - 1882
Falk, Harold Sands 1883 - 1957
Fallows, Samuel 1835 - 1922
Farley, Chris 1964 - 1997
Farnsworth, William 1796 - 1860
Farrar, Charles Samuel 1826 - 1903
Farrington, Edward Holyoke 1860 - 1934
Farrow, Margaret A. 1934
Farwell, Leonard James 1819 - 1889
Fassett, Norman Carter 1900 - 1954
Father Solanus Casey (1870 - 1957)
Favill, Stephen 1823 - 1906
Faville, John 1847 - 1927
Favre, Brett Lorenzo, 1969 -
Feinberg, Milton
Feingold, Russell D. 1953
Felder, Emma 1927 - 2008
Fenenga, Melmon Jacob 1858 - 1933
Ferber, Edna, 1885-1968
Fergus, Scott C. 1955
Ferrall, R. Michael 1936
Ferry, George Bowman 1851 - 1918
Fiedler, Otho August 1873 - 1948
Fields, Daniel B. 1952
Fifield, Samuel S. 1839 - 1915
Fillmore, John Comfort 1843 - 1898
Finch, Asahel Jr. 1809 - 1883
Fink, Albert 1867 - 1950
Finney, Frederick Norton 1832 - 1916
Finns in Wisconsin
Fire Nation
Fischer, Daniel 1952
Fish, Carl Russell 1876 - 1932
Fish, Irving Andrews 1881 - 1948
Fish, Ody J., 1925 --
Fisk, Theodore 1859 -
Fitch, Charles W. 1819 - 1899
Fitch, Grant 1859 - 1940
Fitzgerald, Jeff 1966
Fitzgerald, Scott L. 1963
Five Nations Confederacy
Flannigan, Allen J. 1909
Flemish Bastard
Flintrop, Richard A. 1945
Flynn, Gerald T. 1910
Flynn, James T. 1944
Fogo, William Montgomery 1841 - 1903
Folle Avoines, Fol Avoine, Folle Avoine
Fontanne, Lynn 1887 - 1983
Ford, Winifred 1876 - 1957
Forsyth, Thomas, 1771-1833.
Fortis, Louis G. 1947
Foster, Carlton 1826 - 1901
Foster, Edward Augustus 1829 - 1902
Foster, Nathaniel Caldwell 1834 - 1923
Foti, Steven M. 1958
Four Legs, Ho-Chunk chief, dates unverified
Fourier, Charles, 1772-1837
Fowler, Chester Almeron 1862 - 1948
Fox Indians
Fox, Albert Charles 1878 - 1934
Fox, Thomas P. 1946
Frackelton, Susan, 1848 - 1932
Frame, Andrew Jay 1844 - 1932
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Frank, Kurt A. 1945
Frank, Louis Frederick 1857 - 1918
Frank, Michael 1804 - 1894
Frankfurth, William 1829 - 1891
Franks, Jacob 1760 - 1840
Fraser, Thomas 1820 - 1893
Fratney, Frederick 1815 - 1855
Frear, James Archibald 1861 - 1939
Freehoff, William Adolph 1889 - 1950
Freese, Stephen J. 1960
Freethinkers in Wisconsin
French in Wisconsin
Frey, Frank Jacob 1859 - 1937
Frick, William Keller 1850 - 1918
Friedman, Oliver Albert 1893 - 1957
Friend, Jacob Elias 1857 - 1912
Frisby, Leander Franklin 1825 - 1889
Friske, Donald 1961
Fritschel, Herman Lawrence 1869 - 1957
Froehlich, Harold V. 1932
Frost, William Dodge 1867 - 1957
Fry, Rupert F. 1871 - 1935
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850
Fuller, Oliver Clyde 1860 - 1942
Fullsavoines
Fusseder, Francis 1825 - 1888

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