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 Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette, Sr

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Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette, Sr

  • Birth 14 Jun 1855 Primrose, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 18 Jun 1925 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 593

Wisconsin Governor, US Congressman and Senator. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1879 he was admitted to the bar in 1880 and started his practice in Madison, serving as the district attorney of Dane County until 1884. Elected to the US House of Representatives, he served from March 4, 1885 through March 3, 1891 and was a member the Committee on Expenditures for the Department of Agriculture. He served as the Governor of Wisconsin from January 7, 1901 through January 1, 1906. Elected to the US Senate in 1904, he finished his term as governor then assumed his duties January 2, 1906, serving until his death. While in the Senate, he served the Committees for Census, Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia and Manufactures. He failed to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1912 and 1916, but was nominated as the Progressive Party candidate in 1924, receiving thirteen Electoral College votes.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 593
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette, Sr (14 Jun 1855–18 Jun 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 593, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .