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Charles Marion La Follette
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1898
New Albany
Floyd County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1974
New Jersey, USA

Per Browning Genealogy Obituary posting from the Evansville Indiana Courier/Press newspaper:


Charles M La Follette came to Evansville at the age of three with his mother to live in the Heilman mansion. He graduated from Central High School in 1916 and attended Wabash College. His studies were interrupted by service in WWI. He attended law school at Vanderbilt University, but returned to Evansville to read law and study with attorneys. He practiced law in Evansville, joined in a law firm by Herman McCray in 1936 until he was elected to Congress in 1942. His service in Congress began a 17 year absence from Evansville for he and his wife until 1960 when his wife suffered a crippling stroke and they returned to Evansville.
La Follette was a self-proclaimed "old-fashioned liberal" who saw himself as a Lincolnian Republican but who bolted the GOP after serving two terms in Congress starting in 1943 and being rejected by the party in a bid for a Senate seat...He alienated many old-guard Hoosier Republicans with his liberal stands in Congress which often put him in the position of voting with the Democratic majority in Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" congresses.
He served as a deputy chief counsel at the Nuremberg trials, and it was widely believed that the character played by Spencer Tracy in the movie "Judgment at Nuremberg" was patterned after La Follette.

Memorial services were held October 5, 1974 at St. Paul's Episcopal, 301 S.E.First Street in Evansville. He was survived by his wife Frances Hartmetz of Highstown NJ and daughter Marian Louise and husband Vincent Scully of New Haven CT (he is a well known author and professor at Yale University).


LA FOLLETTE, Charles Marion, (great-grandson of William Heilman), a Representative from Indiana; born in New Albany, Floyd County, Ind., February 27, 1898; moved with his parents to Evansville, Ind., in 1901; attended the public schools and entered Wabash College at Crawfordsville, Ind., in September 1916; during the First World War enlisted in the United States Army and served with the One Hundred and Fifty-first Infantry, Thirty-eighth Division, 1917-1919, with four months overseas; attended Wabash College until June 1921; studied law at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1921 and also in law offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Evansville, Ind.; was admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice in Evansville, Ind.; member of the State house of representatives 1927-1929; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth and to the Seventy-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for reelection in 1946 but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator; deputy chief of counsel for war crimes, Nuremberg, Germany, from January 4, 1947, to December 15, 1947; director of the Office of Military Government for Wurttemberg-Baden, Germany, from December 15, 1947, to January 16, 1949; appointed a director of Americans for Democratic Action on July 1, 1949, serving until May 1, 1950; member of first Subversive Activities Contol Board, 1950-1951; died in Trenton, N.J., June 27, 1974; cremated; ashes interred at Locust Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Ind.
Family links: 
  Harry Clarence LaFollette (1872 - 1960)
  Marian L. Allis Schwegman (1876 - 1924)
  Frances Hartmetz La Follette (1901 - 1987)*
  Frances Ann La Follette (1929 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Many of the obituary or historical documents reviewed state that Mr. La Follette was buried at Locust Hill cemetery. His headstone is with the family marker at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville IN.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section E Lot 26 Grave 2
Created by: vicki sakel sprengel
Record added: Oct 02, 2011
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Charles Marion La Follette
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Charles Marion La Follette
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Charles Marion La Follette
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