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Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

  • 1855, June 14: Born, Primrose, Dane County, Wis.
  • 1879: B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1880: Admitted to the Wisconsin bar
  • 1880 - 1884 : District attorney, Dane County, Wis.
  • 1881: Married Belle Case
  • 1884: Elected to the United States House of Representatives; reelected 1886 and 1888
  • 1891 - 1900 : Practiced law, Madison, Wis.
  • 1900: Elected governor of Wisconsin; reelected 1902 and 1904
  • 1905: Elected to the United States Senate; reelected 1911, 1916, and 1922
  • 1909: Published first issue of La Follette's Weekly Magazine
  • 1911: Founding member, National Progressive Republican League
  • 1913: Published La Follette's Autobiography. Madison, Wis.: Robert M. La Follette Co.
  • 1917: Voted in the United States Senate against America's entry into World War I
  • 1922: Author of resolution which initiated an investigation into the naval oil leases at Teapot Dome, Wyo., and oil reserve fields in California
  • 1924: Unsuccessful presidential candidate on the Progressive Party ticket
  • 1925, June 18: Died, Washington, D.C.

Robert M. La Follette, Jr.

  • 1895, Feb. 6: Born, Madison, Wis.
  • 1913 - 1916 : Attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1919 - 1925 : Secretary to his father, Senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
  • 1920 - 1924 : Chairman, Republican State Central Committee of Wisconsin
  • 1925: Elected to the United States Senate; reelected 1928, 1934, and 1940
  • 1925 - 1929 : Editor, La Follette's Magazine
  • 1929 - 1948 : President, Progressive Publishing Co.
  • 1930: Married Rachel Wilson Young
  • 1947: Chairman, President's Committee on Foreign Aid
  • 1947 - 1953 : Economic research consultant, Washington, D.C.
  • 1949 - 1953 : Member, board of directors, Sears, Roebuck and Co. Vice president, Sears Foundation
  • 1953, Feb. 24: Died, Washington, D.C.

Belle Case La Follette

  • 1859, Apr. 21: Born, Summit, Juneau County, Wis.
  • 1875 - 1879 : Student, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1879: A.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1879 - 1881 : Taught school, Spring Green and Baraboo, Wis.
  • 1881: Married Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
  • 1883 - 1885 : LL.B., College of Law, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., first woman graduate
  • 1893 - 1903 : President, Emily Bishop League
  • 1909 - 1925 : Coedited “Home and Education” column in La Follette's Magazine
  • 1911: Wrote “A Thought for Today” column for the North American Press Syndicate
  • 1912: Conducted speaking campaigns for women's suffrage in California, Oregon, and Wisconsin
  • 1913: Spoke at congressional hearings on women's suffrage
  • 1920: Spoke on League of Nations before the United Women's Clubs
  • 1924: Conducted speaking tour on behalf of Robert M. La Follette, Sr., in presidential campaign
  • 1925: Worked on biography of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
  • 1931, Aug. 18: Died, Washington, D.C

Fola La Follette

  • 1882, Sept. 10: Born, Madison, Wis., daughter of Robert M. and Belle Case La Follette, Sr.
  • 1896 - 1900 : Attended Wisconsin Academy, Madison, Wis.
  • 1900: Began studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • Circa 1902 - circa 1915 : Professional actress
  • 1903: Visited Europe
  • 1910: Acted in “How the Vote Was Won”
  • Circa 1910 - circa 1915 : Active in women's suffrage movement
  • 1911: Married George Middleton
  • 1920 - 1922 : Lived in Paris, France Contributing editor, La Follette's Magizine
  • 1924: Replaced her mother, who had become ill, in presidential campaign of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
  • 1926 - 1930 : Teacher, City and Country School, New York, N.Y.
  • 1927: Visited England and France Attended the Fourth International New Educational Conference, Switzerland
  • 1928: Member, American Educational Delegation's visit to Russia
  • 1931 - 1953 : Completed the biography of Robert M. La Follette, Sr., begun by Belle Case La Follette
  • 1953: Published Robert M. La Follette. New York: Macmillan Co.
  • 1954 - 1968 : Assisted in processing the La Follette Family Papers in Library of Congress
  • 1970, Feb. 17: Died, Arlington, Va.

Philip Fox La Follette

  • 1897, May 8: Born, Madison, Wis., son of Robert M. and Belle Case La Follette, Sr.
  • 1918: Second lieutenant, Infantry, United States Army
  • 1919: A.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1922: LL.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1923: Married Isabel Bacon
  • 1925 - 1927 : District attorney, Dane County, Wis.
  • 1926 - 1930 : Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wis.
  • 1931 - 1933 : Governor of Wisconsin
  • 1937 - 1939 : Governor of Wisconsin
  • 1942 - 1945 : Captain, promoted to colonel, United States Army, serving in the southeast Pacific
  • 1947: Director, Hazeltine Corp., Little Neck, N.Y.
  • 1962: Curator, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison Wis.
  • 1965, Aug. 18: Died, Madison, Wis.

Gilbert E. Roe

  • 1865, Feb. 7: Born, Oregon, Dane County, Wis.
  • 1890: LL.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1890 - 1899 : Law partner of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
  • 1899: Married Gwyneth King Moved to New York, N.Y., and became active in promoting state reform legislation
  • 1905 - 1910 : Attorney, Roe & McCombs law firm
  • 1907: Published Selected Opinions of Luther S. Dixon and Edward G. Ryan, Late Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. Chicago: Callaghan
  • 1912: Published Our Judicial Oligarchy. New York: B. W. Huebsch
  • 1918: Counsel to Robert M. La Follette, Sr., in the United States Senate's unsuccessful attempt to expel La Follette
  • 1922 - 1923 : Counsel, United States Senate committee investigating the oil industry
  • 1924: Eastern regional director, La Follette-Wheeler Campaign Committee
  • 1929, Dec. 22: Died, New York, N.Y.

Alfred Thomas Rogers

  • 1873, May 18: Born, St. Joseph, Mo.
  • 1895: LL.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
  • 1895 - 1948 : Practiced law, Madison, Wis.
  • 1908: Delegate, Republican national convention
  • 1908 - 1924 : Member, Republican national committee
  • 1910: Married Edna R. Chynoweth
  • 1935: Married Emily Bordeaux Elmer
  • 1948, Mar. 27: Died, Madison, Wis.

Mary Josephine La Follette

  • 1899, Aug. 16: Born, Madison, Wis., daughter of Robert M. and Belle Case La Follette, Sr.
  • 1919 - 1921 : Attended New York School of Fine and Applied Art, New York, N.Y.
  • 1921: Married Ralph Gunn Sucher (divorced 1938)
  • 1926 - 1928 : Attended Critcher School of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • 1934 - 1935 : Attended New York School of Fine and Applied Art and Florence Cane School of Art, New York, N.Y.
  • 1935 - 1936 : Consultant in art development, Special Skills Division, Resettlement Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • 1936 - 1937 : Consultant in research, Resettlement Division, Farm Security Administration, Agriculture Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1937 - 1944 : Consultant in research and art, Resettlement and Management Division, Farm Security Administration, Agriculture Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1944 - 1947 : Extension adviser in home industries, Subject Matter Division, Extension Service, Agriculture Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1948: Editorial and indexing specialist, Indexing Section, Office of Information, Agriculture Department, Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 - 1949 : Information and editorial specialist, Midcentury White House Conference on Children and Youth, Washington, D.C.
  • 1949 - 1951 : Social Science Research Analyst, Division of Research, Children's Bureau, Social Security Administration, Federal Security Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • 1950 - 1951 : Invitations consultant, Midcentury White House Conference on Children and Youth, Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 - 1966 : Editorial clerk and publications editor, Aeronautical Standards Group, Air Research and Development Command, Department of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • 1966: Retired from federal service
  • 1988, Feb. 24: Died, Washington, D.C.

Grace C. Lynch

  • Circa 1892: Born, Washington, D.C.
  • Circa 1919 - 1925 : Secretary to Robert M. La Follette, Sr., United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
  • 1925 - 1946 : Secretary to Robert M. La Follette, Jr., United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
  • Circa 1946: Retired from federal service
  • 1970, May 13: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the LaFollette Family Papers, 1781-1988, (bulk 1900-1953), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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correspondedWith Addams, Jane, 1860-1935 person
correspondedWith Arntson, Peter A. person
correspondedWith Baker, Ray Stannard, 1870-1946 person
correspondedWith Beard, Charles Austin, 1874-1948 person
correspondedWith Beard, Mary Ritter, 1876-1958 person
correspondedWith Beck, Joseph D. (Joseph David), 1866-1936 person
correspondedWith Bishop, Emily Montague Mulkin, 1858-1916 person
correspondedWith Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950 person
correspondedWith Blaine, John J. (John James), 1875-1934 person
correspondedWith Boardman, W. Wade (William Wade), 1905-1983 person
correspondedWith Brandeis, Alice Goldmark, 1866-1945 person
correspondedWith Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941 person
correspondedWith Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 person
correspondedWith Cansler, Austin F. person
correspondedWith Causey, James H. person
correspondedWith Commons, John Rogers, 1862-1945 person
associatedWith Conference for Progressive Political Action. corporateBody
correspondedWith Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933 person
correspondedWith Crane, Charles Richard, 1858-1939 person
correspondedWith Crownhart, Charles Henry, 1863-1930 person
correspondedWith Cutting, Bronson M., 1888-1935 person
correspondedWith Davidson, Jo, 1883-1952 person
correspondedWith Davlin, Thomas F. person
correspondedWith Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926 person
correspondedWith Dow, Charles M. person
correspondedWith Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 person
correspondedWith Ekern, Herman Lewis, 1872-1954 person
associatedWith Emily Bishop League. corporateBody
correspondedWith Evans, Elizabeth Glendower, 1856-1937 person
correspondedWith Evjue, William Theodore, 1882-1970 person
correspondedWith Fackler, John D. person
correspondedWith Fairbank, Lorena King person
correspondedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 person
correspondedWith Gale, Zona, 1874-1938 person
correspondedWith Grimm, A. C. person
correspondedWith Hannan, John J., 1866-1946 person
correspondedWith Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937 person
correspondedWith Harrison, Frank A. person
correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
correspondedWith Houser, Walter L. person
correspondedWith Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964 person
correspondedWith Immell, Ralph M. person
correspondedWith Keller, Helen, 1880-1968 person
correspondedWith Kirsch, William person
correspondedWith Kohler, Walter Jodok, 1875-1940 person
associatedWith La Follette, Belle Case, 1859-1931 person
associatedWith La Follette, Bronson C. (Bronson Cutting), 1936- person
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associatedWith La Follette, Mary Josephine, 1899-1988 person
associatedWith La Follette, Philip Fox, 1897-1965 person
associatedWith La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925 person
associatedWith La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1895-1953 person
associatedWith League of Nations. corporateBody
correspondedWith Lenroot, Irvine Luther, 1869-1949 person
correspondedWith Lenroot, Katharine F. (Katharine Fredrica), 1891-1982 person
correspondedWith Lilienthal, David Eli, 1899-1981 person
correspondedWith Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924 person
correspondedWith Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980 person
correspondedWith Lynch, Grace C., ca. 1892-1970 person
correspondedWith MacKenzie, Nellie Dunn person
correspondedWith Manly, Basil Maxwell, 1886-1950 person
correspondedWith McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 person
correspondedWith McCormick, Medill, 1877-1925 person
correspondedWith McCusker, Thomas M. person
correspondedWith Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974 person
correspondedWith Muldowny, Sylvester W. person
associatedWith National Conservation Association (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Consumers' League. corporateBody
associatedWith National Council for Prevention of War (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National League of Women Voters (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Municipal League. corporateBody
associatedWith National Progressive Republican League. Records of the National Progressive Republican League, 1911-1912 corporateBody
correspondedWith Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960 person
correspondedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 person
associatedWith People's Legislative Service. corporateBody
correspondedWith Pinchot, Cornelia Bryce, 1881-1960 person
correspondedWith Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946 person
correspondedWith Rawleigh, William Thomas, 1870-1951 person
correspondedWith Ream, Vinnie, 1847-1914 person
correspondedWith Richards, R. O. person
correspondedWith Roberts, Glenn D. person
correspondedWith Roe, Gilbert E. (Gilbert Ernstein), 1865-1929 person
correspondedWith Roe, Gwyneth K. person
correspondedWith Roe, John Ernest person
correspondedWith Rogers, Alfred Thomas, 1873-1948 person
correspondedWith Rogers, Walter S. person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person
correspondedWith Rubin, Morris H. person
correspondedWith Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968 person
correspondedWith Sinykin, Gordon person
correspondedWith Spreckels, Rudolph, d. 1958- person
correspondedWith Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936 person
correspondedWith Stephenson, Isaac, 1829-1918 person
correspondedWith Tokaji, Bela person
correspondedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
correspondedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951 person
correspondedWith Walsh, Frank P. person
associatedWith White, William Allen, 1868-1944 person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 person
associatedWith Wold, Emma, 1871-1950 person
associatedWith Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith Zabriskie, Sherry. person
correspondedWith Zeratsky, A. W. person
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