Robert la Follette

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Robert la Follette

He was the son of the small farmer. He had worked as a farm laborer before he entered the University of Wisconsin in 1875. He had graduated the university in 1879 and became a lawyer. The following year, he was elected to Congress as a Republican. For the next six years, he built a loyal following the Republican Party in opposite to the power of the official leadership. Which was against the Senator Philetus Sawyer. La Follette was again elected as a governor of Wisconsin in 1900.


He was "a very mediocre student who enjoyed social activities” at his school, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Robert M. Las Follette house was declared as a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and he lived together with U.S Congressman and the presidential candidate from 1905 until he died in 1925. He's nickname was Fighting(Battling) Bob When Sayer offered La Follette a bribe to fix a court case for him, La Follette reported the bribery attempt to the newspaper and felt insulted by Sawyer

He achieved to pass a lot of reform legislations that many federal governments had opposed against him. These reforms included the regulation of the railway industry and equalized tax assessment. Also, Wisconsin became the first state to adopt the direct primary. He also made a system that allows party members but not the bosses to chose the party candidates.


"Free men of every generation must combat renewed efforts of organized force and greed to destroy liberty."-Robert talking to his followers "Men must be aggressive for what is right if government is to be saved from men who are aggressive for what is wrong." -La Follette reminding his audiences again how to describe the distribute of the nation's power and wealth


‘Aggressive for what is Right’. October 21, 2004, Web. 27 Apr. 2015.Civil Right 1860-1980. Robert La Follette. Spartacus Educational. Aug 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2015.‘Robert La Follette Quotes’. Brainy Quote. N.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2015.‘Robert M. La Follette Biography’. Bio. N.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.Stubby’s Labor Quotes. ‘Robert M. LaFollette, Sr. (1855-1925)’. N.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2015.

Robert La Follette United States Senator from WisconsinFor 1902-1925June 14, 1855 -June 18, 1925


"Fun" Facts

House he lived together with U.S congressman and presidential candidate

Every time he stands up at the speech, he always did this pose meaning he will promise to be a good governor to citizens and give them their rights back

Robert M. La Follette's college yearbook photo in 1879


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