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Robert M. La Follette, Sr. Speaking from Wagon

Robert M. La Follette, Sr. Speaking from Wagon | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Robert M. La Follette, Sr., campaigning in Cumberland. La Follette led the reform faction in Wisconsin's Republican party and in 1900, he was elected governor. Under his leadership, Wisconsin became an outstanding example of progressive government.
DESCRIPTION
Robert M. La Follette, Sr., campaigning in Cumberland. La Follette led the reform faction in Wisconsin's Republican party and in 1900, he was elected governor. Under his leadership, Wisconsin became an outstanding example of progressive government.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:2020
Creation Date: 1897
Creator Name:Michigan State College Press
City:Cumberland
County:Barron
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Album 25 (Robert M. La Follette & Family)
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 25.32
Original Dimensions:unknown
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This image is one of many photographs of Robert M. La Follette and his family held by the Society. See also Image IDs: 2390, 2417, 3562, 113431 and 113432 for related views.

Text from Album 25.32. The Milwaukee Journal wrote about these county fair speeches, "Whatever purpose he might have had...his vigorous oratory cannot have failed to have left an impression on his hearers....Mr. La Follette is sometimes sarcastic. His words bite like coals of fire; but his face and gestures are unique....into the commonplace of his word paintings he throws the energy of a man apparently fully impressed with the whole force and truth of his statements. He never wearies and he will not allow his audience to weary...Perhaps this concentration of every power in the man to impress his hearers is a stage trick, but it is well played and beyond detection. It is real and full of life and vitality." Cf. Milwaukee Journal, Oct. 1897.

SUBJECTS
Suits (Clothing)
Cities and towns
Public speaking
Audiences
Crowds
Men
Outdoor photography
Political campaigns
Politicians
Progressivism (United States politics)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Fairs
Horse-drawn vehicles
Wagons

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