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Margulies, Herbert F. "Cautiously constructive: the congressional career of John Jacob Esch of Wisconsin"


Cautiously Constructive: The Congressional Career of John Jacob Esch of Wisconsin: Esch (1861-1941) served in the House as a Progressive Republican from 1899 to 1921, where he was known for reform of railroads and transportation. Author Herbert Margulies briefly reviews his early career and then devotes most of this article to examining Esch's opinions and actions relating to railroad regulation. His positions on railroad reform, World War One, and other issues are contrasted with those of other Progressive leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt and Robert M. La Follette. Other figures discussed in detail are Wisconsin politicians Irvine Lenroot (1869-1949) and Isaac Stephenson (1892-1918) and Iowa Sen. Albert Cummins (1850-1926), with whom Esch co-sponsored the Transportation Act of 1920. (27 pages).

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Citation: Margulies, Herbert F. "Cautiously constructive: the congressional career of John Jacob Esch of Wisconsin" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 83 /Issue: 2 (1999-2000)

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