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Robert Marion La Follette

Robert Marion La Follette, American senator. member 49th to 51st Congresses (1885-1891), 3d Wisconsin District.

Background

  • Follette, Robert Marion La was born on June 14, 1855 in Primrose, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Josiah and Mary (Furgeson) L.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, 1879, Doctor of Laws, 1901. Admitted to bar, 1880.

    Career

    • District attorney Dane County, 1880-1884. Member 49th to 51st Congresses (1885-1891), 3d Wisconsin District. As member Ways and Means Committee took prominent part in framing McKinley Bill.

      Delegate Republican National Convention, 1896, delegate-at-large, 1904. Elected governor Wisconsin for terms, 1901-1903, 1903-1905, 1905-1907. Elected United States senator, January 25, 1905, for term 1905-1910 and resigned governorship.

      Reëlected United States senator 3 terms, 1910-1929. Led movement to nominate all candidates by direct vote, adopted by state, 1904. Also to tax railway property by same system and at same rate as other taxable property (adopted 1903).

      Also for the control of railway rates within state by state commission (legislature of 1905 enacted such a law). Received 25 votes for presidential nomination, Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1908. Author: Autobiography—A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences, 1913.

      Home: Madison, Wis.

    Works

    • Author: Autobiography—A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences, 1913.

    Membership

    Member 49th to 51st Congresses (1885-1891), 3d Wisconsin District.

    Connections

    • Married Belle Case, December 31, 1881.
    • father: Josiah L.
    • mother: Mary (Furgeson) L.
    • spouse: Belle Case
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    Born June 14, 1855
    Died June 18, 1925
    (aged 70)
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