He attended the University of Wisconsin—Madison from to but he did not graduate because of illness. He received the honorary degree of LL. The same illness kept him out the military during World War I. La Follette served as his father's private secretary between and
La Follette graduated from the University of Wisconsin in and received a law degree the following year. He served as district attorney for Dane County, Wisconsin for four years before being elected to Congress in During his three terms in the House of Representatives, La Follette was generally counted as a dependable Republican.
He played an important role in drafting the McKinley Tariff inbut that measure was unpopular with his constituency and he lost his bid for a fourth term. La Follette set up a law practice in Madison and began broadening his political contacts.
He emerged during the early s as the focal point of reform Republicanism in Wisconsin. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in andbut in was elected to the first of three terms. As governor, La Follette battled an entrenched Republican establishment and gradually managed to establish an outstanding reform record.
Progressive legislation included measures to increase control over the railroads, modifications to the tax system, limitations on lobbying activities and the institution of conservation programs. He also prevailed upon the legislature to enact state civil service reform and direct primaries.
In this way he hoped to free state government from the influence of self-serving politicians and special interest groups.
InLa Follette resigned the governorship to accept a Senate seat, where he would remain for the remainder of his life. From the beginning, he presented a stark contrast to the establishment types who represented the other states.
His basic aim was to protect the common man from the special interests. In that vein, he attempted to strengthen national railroad regulation law, befriend organized labor and fight against the Payne-Aldrich Tariff.
He gained great national exposure for filibustering against the Aldrich-Vreeland billarguing that changes in national banking policies would only benefit the bankers.
InLa Follette was the acknowledged Congressional leader of the progressive wing of the Republican Party and his presidential aspirations were apparent.
He was confident that he could mount a formidable challenge against William Howard Taft in However, Theodore Rooseveltwho had earlier rejected the notion of reentering the political area, changed his mind. La Follette supported Woodrow Wilson in and backed some of his early legislative proposals, but later became disenchanted with the president.
La Follette had expressed isolationist views well before the outbreak of World War I. He reasoned that international conflicts almost always stemmed from efforts to extend or protect overseas business interests, and that the common man was forced to offer his blood and treasure to accomplish the aims of the wealthy.
The issue of isolationism brought La Follette back into the center of national attention. While American participation was being debated, he pushed for a national referendum and when the Congressional vote came, La Follette voted against the declaration of war.
La Follette was widely denounced for his vote. Eventually, he made a speech to the Senate in which he discussed his views on dissent in time of war: Six Members of the Senate and 50 Members of the House voted against the declaration of war. Immediately there was let loose upon those Senators and Representatives a flood of invective and abuse from newspapers and individuals who had been clamoring for war, unequaled, I believe, in the history of civilized society.
Prior to the declaration of war every man who had ventured to oppose our entrance into it had been condemned as a coward or worse, and even the President had by no means been immune from these attacks. Since the declaration of war the triumphant war press has pursued those Senators and Representations who voted against war with malicious falsehood and recklessly libelous attacks, going to the extreme limit of charging them with treason against their country.
This campaign of libel and character assassination directed against the Members of Congress who opposed our entrance into the war has been continued down to the present hour, and I have upon my desk newspaper clippings, some of them libels upon me alone, some directed as well against other Senators who voted in opposition to the declaration of war.
He later opposed the draft and floated schemes for heavily taxing large businesses to cover the cost of the conflict. His political opponents thought he should be charged with treason.
Much of his postwar life was spent pursuing the links between large corporations and American foreign policy. He was the driving force behind the discovery of the Harding oil scandal and campaigned for public ownership of the railroads and utilities.
In La Follette received the presidential nomination of the Progressive Party and garnered support from many farm and labor organizations. Despite polling nearly five million votes, he was handily beaten by both major candidates.
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He was born in rural Wisconsin in Robert Marion La Follette, Sr. (June 14, – June 18, ) was an American lawyer and politician. He represented Wisconsin in both chambers of Congress and served as the Governor of Wisconsin.
A Republican for most of his career, he ran for President of the United States as the nominee of his own Progressive Party in Robert M. La Follette was a charismatic politician who created major innovations in public policy.
He was the recognized leader of the Progressive Moment. Robert M. La Follette was born in Primrose, Wisconsin, on June 14, He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in , was admitted to the bar in , was appointed district attorney of Dane County from to , and served from to in the U.S.
House of Representatives, where. Robert Marion La Follette (), governor of Wisconsin and U.S. senator, was one of the leading Progressive reform politicians of his day. Robert M. La Follette was born June 14, , on a frontier farm in Dane County, Wis. Robert M. La Follette Dane County Beginnings.
In , when Robert La Follette was just three years old, he recited a two-line poem at the newly built schoolhouse a mile from his home.