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La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925

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1855-1925, US political leader; US senator, 1906-25.

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THE UNITED STATES has experienced numerous periods of populism, reform, and progressive politics and one of the most famous and successful individuals associated with this in the last 100 years was Robert M. La Follette, Sr., of Wisconsin. “Fighting Bob,” as he was known, was born in Primrose Township, Wisconsin, and would go on to establish a long and successful political career and a minor dynasty in the state. Known for his great oratory and boundless energy, the elder La Follette was educated at the University of Wisconsin, where despite a spotty academic record, he was granted a bachelor’s degree in 1879. His wife, Mary Case, was also a graduate of the university and was the first woman to graduate from the law school in Madison, Wisconsin After graduation, La Follette studied law for five months and was called to the bar, and his first major political victory was the district attorney’s race in 1880, a campaign he succeeded in despite the opposition he faced from the dom...    Continue Reading

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