LaFollette family

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Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

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

Robert M. La Follette, Jr.

Born, Madison, Wis.
Attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Secretary to his father, Senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Chairman, Republican State Central Committee of Wisconsin
Elected to the United States Senate; reelected 1928, 1934, and 1940
Editor, La Follette's Magazine
President, Progressive Publishing Co.
Married Rachel Wilson Young
Chairman, President's Committee on Foreign Aid
Economic research consultant, Washington, D.C.
Member, board of directors, Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Vice president, Sears Foundation
Died, Washington, D.C.

Belle Case La Follette

Born, Summit, Juneau County, Wis.
Student, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
A.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Taught school, Spring Green and Baraboo, Wis.
Married Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
LL.B., College of Law, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., first woman graduate
President, Emily Bishop League
Coedited “Home and Education” column in La Follette's Magazine
Wrote “A Thought for Today” column for the North American Press Syndicate
Conducted speaking campaigns for women's suffrage in California, Oregon, and Wisconsin
Spoke at congressional hearings on women's suffrage
Spoke on League of Nations before the United Women's Clubs
Conducted speaking tour on behalf of Robert M. La Follette, Sr., in presidential campaign
Worked on biography of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Died, Washington, D.C

Fola La Follette

Born, Madison, Wis., daughter of Robert M. and Belle Case La Follette, Sr.
Attended Wisconsin Academy, Madison, Wis.
Began studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Professional actress
Visited Europe
Acted in “How the Vote Was Won”
Active in women's suffrage movement
Married George Middleton
Lived in Paris, France
Contributing editor, La Follette's Magizine
Replaced her mother, who had become ill, in presidential campaign of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Teacher, City and Country School, New York, N.Y.
Visited England and France
Attended the Fourth International New Educational Conference, Switzerland
Member, American Educational Delegation's visit to Russia
Completed the biography of Robert M. La Follette, Sr., begun by Belle Case La Follette
Published Robert M. La Follette. New York: Macmillan Co.
Assisted in processing the La Follette Family Papers in Library of Congress
Died, Arlington, Va.

Philip Fox La Follette

Born, Madison, Wis., son of Robert M. and Belle Case La Follette, Sr.
Second lieutenant, Infantry, United States Army
A.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
LL.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Married Isabel Bacon
District attorney, Dane County, Wis.
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wis.
Governor of Wisconsin
Governor of Wisconsin
Captain, promoted to colonel, United States Army, serving in the southeast Pacific
Director, Hazeltine Corp., Little Neck, N.Y.
Curator, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison Wis.
Died, Madison, Wis.

Gilbert E. Roe

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

Alfred Thomas Rogers

Born, St. Joseph, Mo.
LL.B., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Practiced law, Madison, Wis.
Delegate, Republican national convention
Member, Republican national committee
Married Edna R. Chynoweth
Married Emily Bordeaux Elmer
Died, Madison, Wis.

Mary Josephine La Follette

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

Grace C. Lynch

Born, Washington, D.C.
Secretary to Robert M. La Follette, Sr., United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
Secretary to Robert M. La Follette, Jr., United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
Retired from federal service
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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