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Term: La Follette, Robert Marion, Jr., 1895 - 1953

Definition:

political leader, economic consultant, and U.S. Senator; b. Madison. He accompanied his father on campaign trips and was said to have learned politics at his parents' knees. He attended the Univ. of Wisconsin but was prevented by illness from taking a degree; the same illness kept him from military service in World War I. He became his father's secretary (1919) and was active in subsequent political campaigns. Upon his father's death in 1925 he was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the unexpired term. At this time he was thirty years old, the third youngest member in Senate history. He was re-elected in 1928, again in 1934, and in 1940. He married Rachel Wilson Young (1930) and they became the parents of two boys, Joseph Oden and Bronson Cutting. Studious, shy, and somewhat introspective, he was without his father's flair for oratory or magnetic presence. Nevertheless he was an effective senator, well-informed, independent, and constructive. He supported Franklin D. Roosevelt for President in 1932, and had a major role in shaping unemployment relief, Labor, and tax reform legislation during the New Deal period. In foreign policy he was an isolationist and opposed repeal of the arms embargo, peacetime conscription, and the lend-lease bill. Once war began he loyally supported the administration war effort. Like his father, he sought to enact a revenue program that would pay a large portion of war costs from war profits. He was one of the authors of legislation to provide for renegotiation of war contracts. He supported the United Nations and was one of the first to point out and criticize the Soviet Union's imperialistic aggressions in Eastern Europe. In 1934, with his brother Philip, he organized the Progressive Party of Wisconsin. For a time this was the dominant party in Wisconsin, re-electing him to the Senate and his brother to the governorship. The Progressives dissolved, however, and he returned to the Republican party prior to the election of 1946. Personally involved in pushing the Congressional Reorganization Act through Congress, he neglected to campaign strenuously for re-election and was defeated by Joseph R. McCarthy by the narrow margin of about 5,000 votes. He remained in Washington where he served as legal adviser, economic consultant, and director of several corporations. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree by the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1938. He received the 1946 Collier's Magazine award for outstanding public service. In addition to the persons above, prominent members of the family include Fola La Follette, Middleton, actress, critic, lecturer, and author; and Philip Fox La Follette, lawyer, political leader, and Wisconsin Governor. Robert M. La Follette, La Follette's Autobiography . . . (Madison, 1913); Belle Case La Follette and Fola La Follette, Robert M. La Follette (New York, 1953); Robert S. Maxwell, La Follette and the Rise of the Progressives . . . [Madison, 1956]; Dict. Amer. Biog.; Edward N. Doan, The La Follettes and the Wisconsin Idea (New York, 1947).

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Robert M. La Follette Papers for details. See also the Funeral of Robert M. La Follette, Jr., Photographs. See also the La Follette Family Photographs. See also the Launching of the Robert M. La Follette Liberty Ship Photographs. See also the Henry Walker Photographs of Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and Family.

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[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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