William Dempster Hoard defends the Bennett Law

Statement in Support of the Bennett Law


William Dempster Hoard was an outspoken advocate of compulsory, English-only education. Soon after he was elected governor in 1888, the Bennett Law was introduced and passed by the Wisconsin Legislature, outraging many German Americans. In this short piece, Hoard explains his support for the law and his belief that German Americans will soon realize the benefit of its provisions. Despite his great contributions to the state's economy as a promoter of dairy interests, Hoard's stand on this issue cost him the governorship in the next election. This single sheet found among his manuscripts may have been notes for a speech, letter to the editor, or political flyer. Click "Zoom & Pan" to focus in on it more closely; scroll down to see a transcription of the text.


Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Americanization and the Bennett Law
Creator: Hoard, William Dempster
Pub Data: Unpublished manuscript in the W.D. Hoard Papers in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Mss 232, Box 44, folder 8).
Citation: Hoard, William Dempster. "Statement in Support of the Bennett Law." Unpublished manuscript in the W.D. Hoard Papers in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives (Mss 232, Box 44, folder 8). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=969; Visited on: 10/24/2014
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