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Robert Marion La Follette

by Ernest N. Warner
from Madison, Past and Present   1902

Robert Marion La Follette

1855, June 14, born in a log cabin in Primrose township, Dane county, Wisconsin.

La Follette's Birthplace c. 1860

Mary Ferguson La Follette, mother

Josiah La Follette, father

1860-1874, worked on the farm and attended the district school. Popular in school exhibitions.

Old La Follette Schoolhouse

Robert La Follette 1879

1874-1880, took the collegiate and law courses in the Wisconsin University. Excelled in debate and oratory. In 1879 the winner of the oratorical contest at the University, the state contest and the inter-state oratorical contest at Iowa City.

1224 Merry Street

Belle Case La Follette

1879, married Miss Belle Case, his University classmate, who also won oratorical honors, among them the Lewis prize, the highest honor, at her graduation. She later studied law, being the first woman to graduate from the University Law School. She strikingly parallels her husband in face and manner and in intellectual strength and characteristics.

Belle Case age 6 -1865

La Follette in 1880

1881-1885, District Attorney of Dane county.

La Follette in 1884

Early Madison home

Philip and Robert LaFollette, Jr

1885-1891, Representative in Congress. Youngest member at entrance. As member of the Committee on Ways and Means was associated intimately with McKinley in framing the Tariff law that bears his name. Gained a national reputation as debater and statesman.

After a Sauk County speech

1891-1901, practiced law, enjoying a clientage more than state wide and achieving distinction in his profession second to none outside the metropolis of the state. During these years active in politics and prominent in the councils of Republican party. Delegate to the National Republican Convention at St. Louis 1896.

In February 1897, he delivered his famous address at the University of Chicago on the "Menace of the Machine."

Schlitz Palm Garden, Milwaukee

In March, 1898, at Ann Arbor he advocated the "Nomination of Candidates by the Australian Ballot, and in September, 1898 he spoke before the State Agricultural Society at Milwaukee on "Dangers that threaten Representative Government."

Fair Midway Milwaukee, Wisc c.1895-1900

1900 La Follette for govenor

Leader in reform measures and the candidate of the reform element of his party for the nomination for governor in 1896 and 1898: in 1900 unanimously nominated for Governor of Wisconsin and elected by the largest plurality ever given a candidate for that office.

Jennie Nelson - law firm secretary

1900 La Valle Wisc campaigning

1901 UW gym decorated for La Follette Inaugural Ball

1900 campaign train in Milwaukee


Warner, Ernest N. "Robert Marion La Follette." Madison, Past and Present. [Madison: State Journal Printing Co., 1902]. 50.
Held by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin: F589 M1 M32 (Oversize).