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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 14, Number 3 (Dec. 1912)

Bridgman, Louis W.
Wisconsin alumni in politics,   pp. [144]-151


Page [144]


          WISCONSIN ALUMNI IN POLITICS
                         LOUIS W. BRIDGMAN, '06
    NOTE: Two years ago the author of this article compiled a similar ,paper
on the
campaign of 1910. By many alumni his contribution was pronounced the most
interest-
ing article published in THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE during that year.
         The
editor is greatly indebted to Mr. Bridgman for having again consented to
present the
result of the elections in so far as they affected Wisconsin graduates. The
amount of
labor involved in assembling the material is not at all? evident from a cursory
-reading
of the article. Mr. . Bridgman has spent wefts in diligent reading of the
dailies with a
view to 'furnish a complete record of "Wisconsin Alumni in Politics."
                                                        L. P. LOCHNER.
used to be said of a cer-
ain literary society on the
'hill." that its members
were given to society poli-
ties more than to their for-
ensic duties. To a consid-
            erable extent this political
interest was shared by members of all
societies. Be its effect on debating
what it may, it was no doubt a factor
in instilling a love for politics into the
average   Wisconsin    alumnus. And
from a review of the November elec-
tions east and west, it is apparent that
graduates of the University of Wis-
consin have made their knowledge of
politics and their ambition to serve
'their country carry them through to
party or individual success at the
polls.
   The record of Wisconsin men on
 the fifth of November is an inspiring
 testimony of the practicability of the
 university  training.  One brilliant
 alumnus-a    young   man    still-was
 largely instrumental, equally with the
 national chairman in securing the
 election of President-elect Woodrow
 Wilson. Another was given his state's
 endorsement through popular vote for
 United   States senator. The lower
 house of Congress will have a gener-
 ous representation of University of
 Wisconsin men; nor will the state Sen-
 ate and Assembly be lacking in able
 and high-minded members, who first
 came to Madison to learn, and who
now return to establish newer ideals
in law and government. Morenumer-
ous still are those graduates of the law
school who' as district, attorneys are
now commissioned to defend the peo-
pie's interests against the field, which
FRANCIS E. McGOVERN, '90
   Governor of Wisconsin
often means a struggle with the bril-
liant, highly paid lawyers in private
practice.
  It was only a decade ago that Wis-
consin knew "Joe" Davies, '98, law
'01, as a man of brilliant attainments
on the "hill." In recent months he
has been much in the public eye as
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