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Home of John R. Commons

John R. Commons House

John and Ella Commons named their hilltop bungalow "Hocheera," said to be a Ho-Chunk word meaning "welcome." John Commons (1863-1945) was an author of progressive social legislation, a pioneer in the fields of labor history and labor relations, economics, and an inspirational teacher to a generation of economics students. As part of the "Wisconsin Idea," the state government called upon University of Wisconsin faculty to provide advice and recommendations. In this capacity, Commons drafted new social legislation, including those for civil service reform and the regulation of public utilities. Commons was also involved in Wisconsin's enactment of the nation's first Unemployment Insurance Law in 1932. Because of social reformers like Commons, Wisconsin became a laboratory for progressive innovations.

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Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Progressivism and the Wisconsin Idea
Creator: Tuttle, Cora
Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places.
Citation: John R. Commons House. Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/25/2014
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