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The Wisconsin Blue Book
(1921)

Biographical sketches,   pp. 237-295 PDF (18.4 MB)


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238                   WISCONSIN      BLUE     BOOK.
turer for the Equity Society. He served four years as a member of the
State Board of Agriculture, having been appointed by Governor McGovern.
He also served on the Committee of Thirteen appointed by State Superin-
tendent Cary to study the rural schools and suggest ways and means for
their improvement. During the past three years he has been a member of
the State Board for Vocational Education having been appointed by Gover-
nor Philipp.
  Since arriving at his majority he has been actively identified with all
the
great progressive movements of the country; favoring and supporting pro-
hibition, equal suffrage, public ownership of public utilities, the initiative
and referendum, the taxation of land values, and during all his life he has
been an active supporter of farmers clubs and other organizations for the
improvement of rural conditions.
                        SECRETARY OF STATE
  ELMER S. HALL was born September 17, 1866, at New London, Wau-
paca County, Wisconsin. In January, 1867, he moved with his parents to
Green Bay, where he has since resided. He attended the common schools
until he was fifteen years of age, after which he worked for a short time
at the printing trade and as clerk in the postoffice. He served for fourteen
years as railroad accountant and auditor, then returned to the mail service
where he spent the next eight years. He was elected County Clerk of Brown
County in 1904, in which capacity he served until April 16, 1916, being
elected three terms without opposition. He resigned as county clerk to be-
come commission mayor of the city of Green Bay, which office he held until
January 3, 1921, when he assumed his duties as Secretary of State, to which
office he was elected by a vote of 436,221 against 122,065 for W. V. Silver-
thorne (Dem). While County Clerk of Brown County he also served as
secretary of the Green Bay Commercial Club for nine years and director
and president of the Brown County Fair Association for five years. In 1920
he was a delegate to the National Convention held in Chicago.   He has
been an active Progressive Republican for the past twenty-five years.
                          STATE TREASURER
  HENRY JOHNSON, now serving his fourth consecutive term as State
Treasurer, has been a public servant for the last 40 years. Born in Den-
mark, he attended the common schools in that country and emigrated to
Wisconsin in 1873, at the age of 19 years, arriving in Oshkosh without a
cent on May 16. He immediately went to work on a farm at $7 per month
in the summer, but worked for his board in the winter while attending
school. He then went to Shawano where he worked until 1879 when he was
married and settled in Oconto county where he cleared and cultivated a
large farm, engaged in the lumber business and built a warehouse at Suring.
His first public office was as treasurer of his school district, then as
justice
of the peace, town assessor, treasurer and chairman. He was elected to
the assembly in 1900, 1902, and 1904, was assistant State 'Treasurer for
six years under Andrew Dahl and succeeded him in office, being elected in
1912 and was re-elected in 1914, 1916, 1918 and 1920.
                         ATTORNEY-GENERAL
  WILLIAM     J. MORGAN was born on a farm in Charlestown, Calumet
County, December 13, 1883; attended district schools in Calumet, Clark and
Manitowoc counties. After graduating from high school at Manitowoc he


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