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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958

Biographies and pictures of constitutional officers, supreme court justices, members of Congress, members of legislature,   pp. [1]-68 PDF (22.7 MB)

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18                   WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
  Adams, Green Lake, Langlade, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Shawano,
Waupaca, Waushara, Wood Counties.
  MELVIN R. LAIRD (Rep.) born Sept. 1, 1922. Graduated Marshfield
grade and high schools; in 1942 B.A. Carleton College. Formerly secre-
tary-treasurer of a lumber company; resigned upon taking office in
Congress. A Purple Heart veteran, World War II, he served aboard
the destroyer Maddox in Task Force 58 and Pacific 3rd Fleet. Elected
to Wisconsin Senate in 1946 and re-elected without opposition in 1948.
While in Wisconsin legislature, in 1949 and 1951, served as legislative
spokesman for former Gov. Oscar Rennebohm and Gov. Walter J. Kohler.
Member Wisconsin Commission on Improvement of the Educational
System 1947-49 and Joint Legislative Council 1951-53; chairman Taxa-
tion Committee of Legislative Council; member Joint Finance Com-
mittee 1949-52; Senate Labor and Management Committee 1947-50;
Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee 1947-52 and its chair-
man, 1949-52; member Senate Legislative Procedure Committee 1949-51;
chairman Wood County Republican Statutory Committee 1949-51; mem-
ber Wisconsin delegation Republican National Conventions 1948, 1952,
1956; member Republican National Platform Committee 1952 and chair-
man of Subcommittee on Labor and Public Welfare; member Re-
publican National Platform Committee 1956 and chairman Subcommittee
on Agriculture; chairman Wisconsin Republican Party Platform Commit-
tee 1950 and 1952. Member of American Legion, 40 et 8, Veterans of For-
eign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and B.P.O.E. Elder Presbyterian
Church, Marshfield. The past 4 generations of his family have served
in the legislature and elected to state offices. His father, the late Mel-
vin R. Laird, Sr., a former Presbyterian minister, was a Wisconsin
state senator; his mother is a member of University of Wisconsin Board
of Regents. Married Barbara Masters of Indianapolis, Oct. 15, 1945;
3 children, John Osborne, Alison, and David Malcolm. Elected to Con-
gress, Nov. 4, 1952; re-elected 1954, 1956. Home Address: 313 E. Third
St., Marshfield.
  Brown, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette,
Oconto, Outagamie Counties.
  JOHN W. BYRNES (Rep.) born Green Bay June 12, 1913. Attended
parochial and public schools in that city; University of Wisconsin
B.A. degree in 1936 and LL.B. in 1938. Practiced law in Green Bay.
Elected Wisconsin State Senate 1940 where he was majority floor
leader and chairman of Judiciary Committee in 1943 legislative session.
Married Barbara Preston 1947; 5 children: John Robert, Michael Pres-
ton, Bonnie Jean, Charles Kirby, Barbara Harriet. In 1944 elected to
House of Representatives and re-elected since 1946. Member of Com-
mittee on Ways and Means. Home Office Address: 414 E. Walnut St.,
Green Bay.

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