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Term: Lenroot, Irvine Luther 1869 - 1949

Definition:

lawyer, U.S. Senator, judge, b. Superior, Wis., of Swedish parents. He received a public school and business-college education and without the benefit of formal college training, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1897. He had an active career in politics, beginning as a member of the Republican city committee, then as chairman of the Douglas County committee for four years, and as delegate to the Republican state conventions of 1900, 1902, and 1904, presiding over the convention of 1904 that gave control of the Republican party machinery to the Progressive forces. He was a member of the state Assembly from 1901 to 1906, and served as speaker from 1903 to 1906. Lenroot became closely associated with Governor La Follette (q.v.) and helped pass the primary election law and the ad valorem railway tax. When La Follette went to the U.S. Senate, he persuaded Lenroot to run for governor against James O. Davidson (q.v.) in 1906. He lost the election, but established himself as a strong campaigner and able leader. He was elected to Congress in 1908 from the 11th district and held this position until elected U.S. Senator. His support of our entry into World War I caused a break with La Follette. Lenroot became a candidate for the U.S. Senate to fill the unexpired term of Senator Paul O. Husting (q.v.), who was killed in a hunting accident in 1917. He defeated the La Follette-sponsored candidate, James Thompson, in the primary and won the final election on Apr. 2, 1918, over his Democratic opponent, Joseph E. Davies; he was re-elected in 1920, but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926 against Governor John J. Blaine (q.v.). He had the support of the Republican party leaders as a vice-presidential running mate for Warren G. Harding, but lost the nomination to Governor Calvin Coolidge. As senator, he opposed our joining the League of Nations, but favored American adherence to the World Court, supported the adjusted compensation bill for World War I veterans, and was chairman of the public lands committee when the Teapot Dome oil scandal broke, but later re-signed as chairman. After retiring from the Senate on Mar. 3, 1927, he resumed his law practice in Washington, D.C., was appointed judge of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals by President Hoover, May 17, 1929, and served until he resigned Apr. 30, 1944. Biog. Dir. Amer. Cong. (1950); M. M. Quaife, Wis. (4 vols., Chicago, 1924); Superior Evening Telegram, Jan. 27, Feb. 4, 1949.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Irvine L. Lenroot Research Files 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]

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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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