James O. Davidson papers, 1885-1919.

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Davidson, James O., 1854-1922. James O. Davidson papers, 1885-1919.

James O. Davidson papers, 1885-1919.

Papers of James O. Davidson, a Wisconsin state treasurer, 1899-1903, lieutenant governor, 1903-1906, governor, 1906-1911, and president of the state board of control, 1915-1919. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence, speeches, and letter books, and deals with state political affairs for the years 1906-1910, including relations between Davidson and Robert M. La Follette in 1905-1906 and the campaign of 1906, the John Deitz "battle" at Cameron Dam in 1906 and reverberations in years following, patronage, campaign funds raised by game wardens in 1908, routine matters of state administration, complaints, pardon and parole matters, and civil service policies. Material for years preceding 1906 relates to Davidson's campaign for state treasurer, patronage, and routine matters connected with administration of the state treasury. Among the correspondents for this period are Joseph W. Babcock, Albert R. Hall, Samuel Harper, William D. Hoard, and Atley Peterson. Letters after 1910 relate to efforts of Davidson to obtain a federal appointment, pardon and parole matters, and an investigation of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. Correspondence on a number of Davidson's small-scale business operations is scattered throughout the collection.

8.8 c.f. (36 archives boxes and 5 flat boxes)

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