Politics and Elections: La Follette Family
The La Follette family dominated Wisconsin politics throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Robert M. La Follette, Sr. built the progressive wing of the Republican Party into a political machine that carried him into the governorship and then the United States Senate. When Robert, the senior, died in 1925, Wisconsin voters elected Robert M. La Follette, Jr. to the Senate, where he served until defeated by Joseph McCarthy in 1946. Philip La Follette, youngest son of Robert Senior, built his own political base in Wisconsin, establishing the independent Progressive Party and serving three terms as governor during the 1930s.