La Follette family
The La Follette family is a prominent family in the United States in Wisconsin. Many of the family members have pursued political office. Robert M. La Follette, Sr. District Attorney of Dane County, Wisconsin 1880-1884. S. Representative from Wisconsin 1885-1891. S. Senator from Wisconsin 1906-1925. Belle Case La Follette was his wife. Fola La Follette was his daughter, his sister Josephine La Follette was married to Robert G. Siebecker, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. First cousin of William La Follette. Robert M. La Follette, Jr. son of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.. S. Senator from Wisconsin 1925-1947, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1928, 1932. Bronson La Follette, son of Robert M. La Follette, Jr.. Philip La Follette, son of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.. Harvey Marion LaFollette, brother of William La Follette and first cousin of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction and one of the founders of LaFollette, Tennessee. William La Follette, first cousin of Robert M.
La Follette, Sr.. S. Representative from Washington 1911-1919. Suzanne La Follette, daughter of William La Follette. La Follette, Sr. William Leroy LaFollette, Jr. son of William La Follette. Mimi LaFollette Summerskill, daughter of "Roy" LaFollette. La Follette, third cousin of Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and Philip La Follette. S. Representative from Indiana 1943-1947. Doug La Follette, great-grandson of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.'s uncle, Wisconsin Senate. La Follette, Sr.. La Follette House: Robert M. La Follette's home in Wisconsin. LaFollette House: home of Harvey Marion LaFollette List of United States political families
University of Wisconsin Law School
The University of Wisconsin Law School is the professional school for the study of law at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. The law school was founded in 1868; the law school is located on the center of the UW -- Madison campus. In 1996, it completed a major renovation project that joined two previous buildings and created a four-story glass atrium; the renovation was recognized by the American Institute of Architects for its innovative design, incorporating modern design into the 150 years of architecture on historic Bascom Hill. In addition to lecture halls and smaller classrooms, the law school contains a functional trial courtroom, appellate courtroom, an extensive law library; the library is noted for the 1942 mural "The Freeing of the Slaves" by John Steuart Curry that dominates the Quarles & Brady Reading Room. The University of Wisconsin Law School subscribes to a "law in action" legal philosophy; this philosophy proposes that to understand the law, students must not only know the "law on the books", but study how the law is practiced by professionals.
The law school's classroom discussions, involvement with other campus departments and clinical practica all emphasize the interplay between law and society. The University of Wisconsin Law School's flagship journal is the Wisconsin Law Review, founded in 1920 and became one of the nation's first student-run law reviews in 1935. Students at the law school publish two specialty journals: the Wisconsin International Law Journal, established in 1982, the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, a continuation of the Wisconsin Women's Law Journal, established in 1985. A third specialty journal, the Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal, was founded in 1994 but discontinued publication in 2002; the law school places a great emphasis on its clinical programs, as part of its law-in-action curriculum. The most well-known clinic is the Frank J. Remington Center, named after the late UW law professor Frank J. Remington; the center runs a variety of programs focused on the practice of criminal law. The largest program in the Center is the Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Project, which provides legal services to inmates incarcerated in Wisconsin.
The center runs clinics focused on family law, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, criminal appeals, community-oriented policing, an innocence project that attempts to reverse judgments against wrongfully convicted defendants. The law school runs a group of clinics focusing on civil law called the Economic Justice Institute; this clinical grouping includes the Neighborhood Law Clinic, which serves underrepresented clients in landlord/tenant, workers' rights, public benefit disputes. The Restraining Order Clinic provides support for petitioners for a domestic abuse restraining order; the Center for Patient Partnerships is an interdisciplinary patient advocacy clinical housed in the law school where students of law, nursing, social work, public policy etc. serve as advocates for people with life-threatening illnesses as they negotiate the health care system. The most visible tradition at the law school is that of the Gargoyle; the Gargoyle graced the roof of the original law school building, built in 1893.
When that building was torn down in 1963, the gargoyle was found intact among the rubble and was saved as an unofficial mascot. It became the symbol of the law school and was displayed outside the law school building for many years. With the most recent renovation, it moved to a more protected location inside the law school atrium; the image of the gargoyle graces the cover of the Wisconsin Law Review and the law school alumni magazine is called the Gargoyle. Its image has been applied to law school memorabilia. In addition to the Gargoyle, "Blind Bucky" is sometimes used as an unofficial mascot of the law school. Another tradition is the homecoming cane toss. Before the university's homecoming football game, third-year law students run from the north end of the football field at Camp Randall Stadium to the south end wearing bowler hats and carrying canes; when the students reach the goalpost on the south end of the field, they attempt to throw their canes over the goalpost. Legend has it that if the student throws the cane over the goalpost and catches it, she will win her first case.
Another tradition is an annual fall competition between the law and medical schools at the university. This competition, called the Dean's Cup, raises funds for local charities; the University of Wisconsin Law School is one of only two law schools in the United States whose graduates enjoy diploma privilege as a method of admission to the bar. Unlike all other jurisdictions in the United States, Wisconsin's state bar allows graduates of accredited law schools within the state to join the bar without taking the state's bar examination if they complete certain requirements in their law school courses and achieve a certain level of performance in those courses; the other school with this privilege is the Marquette University Law School. Wisconsin residents who graduate from out-of-state law schools must pass the bar exam to be admitted to the bar in Wisconsin; some states, but not all, will grant reciprocal admission to Wisconsin bar members admitted by diploma privilege after they have completed a certain number of years in the practice of law.
In its 2020 edition of Best Graduate Schools, U. S. News & World Report ranked the school 34th among the 192 law schools accredited by the American Bar Associ
New Mexico is a state in the Southwestern region of the United States of America. It is one of the Mountain States and shares the Four Corners region with Utah and Arizona. With a population around two million, New Mexico is the 36th state by population. With a total area of 121,592 sq mi, it is the fifth-largest and sixth-least densely populated of the 50 states. Due to their geographic locations and eastern New Mexico exhibit a colder, alpine climate, while western and southern New Mexico exhibit a warmer, arid climate; the economy of New Mexico is dependent on oil drilling, mineral extraction, dryland farming, cattle ranching, lumber milling, retail trade. As of 2016–2017, its total gross domestic product was $95 billion with a GDP per capita of $45,465. New Mexico's status as a tax haven yields low to moderate personal income taxes on residents and military personnel, gives tax credits and exemptions to favorable industries; because of this, its film industry contributed $1.23 billion to its overall economy.
Due to its large area and economic climate, New Mexico has a large U. S. military presence marked notably with the White Sands Missile Range. Various U. S. national security agencies base their research and testing arms in New Mexico such as the Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories. During the 1940s, Project Y of the Manhattan Project developed and built the country's first atomic bomb and nuclear test, Trinity. Inhabited by Native Americans for many thousands of years before European exploration, it was colonized by the Spanish in 1598 as part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain. In 1563, it was named Nuevo México after the Aztec Valley of Mexico by Spanish settlers, more than 250 years before the establishment and naming of the present-day country of Mexico. After Mexican independence in 1824, New Mexico became a Mexican territory with considerable autonomy; this autonomy was threatened, however, by the centralizing tendencies of the Mexican government from the 1830s onward, with rising tensions leading to the Revolt of 1837.
At the same time, the region became more economically dependent on the United States. At the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, the United States annexed New Mexico as the U. S. New Mexico Territory, it was admitted to the Union as the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Its history has given New Mexico the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino Americans, the second-highest percentage of Native Americans as a population proportion. New Mexico is home to part of the Navajo Nation, 19 federally recognized Pueblo communities of Puebloan peoples, three different federally recognized Apache tribes. In prehistoric times, the area was home to Ancestral Puebloans and the modern extant Comanche and Utes inhabited the state; the largest Hispanic and Latino groups represented include the Hispanos of New Mexico and Mexican Americans. The flag of New Mexico features the state's Spanish origins with the same scarlet and gold coloration as Spain's Cross of Burgundy, along with the ancient sun symbol of the Zia, a Puebloan tribe.
These indigenous, Mexican and American frontier roots are reflected in the eponymous New Mexican cuisine and the New Mexico music genre. New Mexico received its name long before the present-day nation of Mexico won independence from Spain and adopted that name in 1821. Though the name “Mexico” itself derives from Nahuatl, in that language it referred to the heartland of the Empire of the Mexicas in the Valley of Mexico far from the area of New Mexico, Spanish explorers used the term “Mexico” to name the region of New Mexico in 1563. In 1581, the Chamuscado and Rodríguez Expedition named the region north of the Rio Grande "San Felipe del Nuevo México"; the Spaniards had hoped to find wealthy indigenous Mexica cultures there similar to those of the Aztec Empire of the Valley of Mexico. The indigenous cultures of New Mexico, proved to be unrelated to the Mexicas, they were not wealthy, but the name persisted. Before statehood, the name "New Mexico" was applied to various configurations of the U.
S. territory, to a Mexican state, to a province of New Spain, all in the same general area, but of varying extensions. With a total area of 121,699 square miles, the state is the fifth-largest state of the US, larger than British Isles. New Mexico's eastern border lies along 103°W longitude with the state of Oklahoma, 2.2 miles west of 103°W longitude with Texas. On the southern border, Texas makes up the eastern two-thirds, while the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora make up the western third, with Chihuahua making up about 90% of that; the western border with Arizona runs along the 109° 03'W longitude. The southwestern corner of the state is known as the Bootheel; the 37°N parallel forms the northern boundary with Colorado. The states of New Mexico, Colorado and Utah come together at the Four Corners in New Mexico's northwestern corner. New Mexico has no natural water sources
Governor of Wisconsin
The Governor of Wisconsin is the highest executive authority in the government of the U. S. state of Wisconsin. The position was first filled by Nelson Dewey on June 1848, the year Wisconsin became a state. Prior to statehood, there were four Governors of Wisconsin Territory; the current governor is Tony Evers, a Democrat who took office on January 7, 2019. The governor of Wisconsin is responsible for ensuring that the laws of Wisconsin are carried out, is required to "communicate to the legislature, at every session, the condition of the state, recommend such matters to them for their consideration as he may deem expedient."Any bill passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature must be presented to the governor, who either signs it into law, or vetoes it. In the event of a veto, the bill is returned the legislature, who may vote to override the veto. In 1930, the Wisconsin Constitution was amended to give the governor line-item veto power, which allows portions of appropriations bills to be struck out without rejecting the entire bill.
The partial veto may still be overridden by the legislature. In 1990 a further amendment specified that the line-item veto does not give the governor power to veto individual letters of appropriations bills, thereby forming new words; the governor is the commander-in-chief of the militia of the state. If it is deemed necessary, the governor may convene extraordinary sessions of the state legislature; the governor has the power to pardon or commute sentences or grant reprieves thereto, except in cases of treason or impeachment. In cases of treason, the governor may suspend the carrying out of the sentence until the next session of the legislature, who vote to grant a pardon, commutation or reprieve, or to carry out the sentence; the governor of Wisconsin is elected in a direct election—the candidate with the most votes becomes governor. In the event that two candidates receive an equal number of votes, higher than that received by any other candidate, the members of the state legislature vote between the two at their next session.
In order to be eligible for the office of governor of Wisconsin, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the state of Wisconsin. Under the original Wisconsin Constitution, governors were elected for a term of two years. There is no limit to the number of terms; the governor may be removed from office through a recall election. An impeachment trial is carried out by the Wisconsin State Assembly, if a majority of its members agree to the impeachment. A governor may choose to resign from office. Four governors have resigned for various reasons, none have been removed from office through impeachment, although Arthur MacArthur, Sr. who, as lieutenant governor, became acting governor upon the resignation of William Barstow in 1856, was removed after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Barstow's opponent in the previous election, Coles Bashford, was the election's legitimate winner. In 2012, Scott Walker became the only governor in Wisconsin history to face a recall election.
He retained his seat, defeating Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett by seven percentage points, a margin one point greater than that of the 2010 election, becoming the first governor in American history to survive a recall attempt. The state constitution specified that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin were voted upon separately, but in 1967, the constitution was amended to state that they were elected together. Prior to this amendment, there were nine incidents in which the elected governor and lieutenant governor were not of the same political party; the state constitution only said that in the event of the impeachment, removal from office, resignation or absence of the governor, or in the event of the governor being unfit to serve due to illness, "the powers and duties of the office shall devolve upon the lieutenant governor" for the remainder of the term or until the governor is able to return to office. In 1979, the constitution was amended to specify that in the event of the governor's death, resignation or removal from office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor for the remainder of the term, but in the event of impeachment, incapacitation or absence, the lieutenant governor becomes "acting governor" until the governor can return to his duties.
The original constitution specified that in any of the aforementioned events the Secretary of State would become governor if the lieutenant governorship was vacant, but after 1979 this provision, was amended to distinguish between "governor" and "acting governor." There have been 44 Governors of 45 individual governorships. One governor, Philip La Follette, served non-consecutive terms. Four parties have had their candidates elected governor: the Democratic, the Whig, the Republican and the Progressive; the longest-serving governor was Tommy Thompson, from January 5, 1987 until February 1, 2001, a total of 14 years and 28 days. Four governors have resigned: William Barstow due to fraud allegations, Robert La Follette, Sr. to take his seat in the United States Senate, Patrick Joseph Lucey to become Ambassador to Mexico, Tommy Thompson to become United States Secret
Doug La Follette
Douglas J. La Follette is an American academic, environmental scientist, politician from the state of Wisconsin. A Democrat, he is the current Secretary of State of Wisconsin, he ran in the 2012 Democratic primary during the special election to recall Governor Scott Walker. La Follette was born in Iowa, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College, his Master of Science in chemistry from Stanford University, his Ph. D. in organic chemistry from Columbia University. He began a teaching career as an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin–Parkside in Kenosha. La Follette served as a research associate at University of Wisconsin–Madison, he owned a small business. Known as an environmentalist before running for public office, he was a Wisconsin organizer of the first Earth Day for Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and co-founded Wisconsin's Environmental Decade with Peter Anderson, his great-grandfather was an uncle of Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette. "Fighting Bob"'s grandson, former Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette, has described Doug La Follette as a "second cousin, three times removed" from "Fighting Bob" La Follette.
According to professor and author Nancy Unger, Doug is a third cousin of Bronson. Doug went on to serve with Bronson from 1975 to 1979 and from 1983 to 1987. La Follette first ran for office in the 1970 U. S. House of Representatives election, losing to Les Aspin in the Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. La Follette served in the Wisconsin State Senate for Kenosha in 1973 and 1974. La Follette was elected Secretary of State of Wisconsin in 1974, he unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin on a ticket with Governor Martin Schreiber in 1978. In 1982, he was again elected Secretary of State. La Follette has been the Secretary of State of Wisconsin since, he has run opposed and unopposed several times for Secretary of State and shuns fundraising in the style of former Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire. In 1990, his opponent, Madison attorney and radio personality Stuart Levitan, campaigned on a promise to eliminate the Secretary of State's office, whose duties have been reduced and transferred to other agencies, including the State Board of Elections, under La Follette's tenure.
Since being elected Secretary of State, La Follette has run twice for federal office. In 1988, he ran for the U. S. Senate, losing the primary to Herb Kohl. In 1996, he made another bid for the U. S. House of Representatives, losing in the Democratic primary for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district to Lydia Spottswood, who went on to lose the general election to Mark Neumann. In 2012, La Follette ran in the Democratic primary in the special election to recall Scott Walker. La Follette is the author of the 1991 book The Survival Handbook: A Strategy for Saving Planet Earth, he has served on the board of directors of Friends of the Earth and the Union of Concerned Scientists. In 2003 he ran for, was elected to, the board of directors of the Sierra Club for a three-year term, he did not seek reelection in 2006. He was a Fulbright Distinguished American Scholar in 2003. Office of the Wisconsin Secretary of State WisPolitics: Article on the 2006 Convention Straw Poll Clean Wisconsin
Bronson M. Cutting
Bronson Murray Cutting was a United States Senator from New Mexico. A Republican, he had been a newspaper publisher and military attaché. Bronson Cutting was born in Great River, Long Island, New York, on June 23, 1888 at his family's country seat of Westbrook, he was the third of four children born to Olivia Peyton Murray. He attended the common schools and Groton School and graduated from Harvard University in 1910 where he was a member of the Delphic Club. Shortly after graduation, he became an invalid due to recurrent tuberculosis and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico at the advice of his doctors to restore his health, he became a newspaper publisher in 1912 and published the Santa Fe New Mexican and El Nuevo Mexicano. From 1912 to 1918 he served as president of the New Mexican Printing Company, of the Santa Fe New Mexican Publishing Corporation from 1920 until his death. During World War I, Cutting was commissioned a captain and served as an assistant Military Attaché of the American Embassy in London, England 1917–18.
He was regent of the New Mexico Military Institute in 1920 and served as chairman of the board of commissioners of the New Mexican State Penitentiary in 1925. On December 29, 1927, Cutting was appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Andrieus A. Jones, he served until December 6, 1928, when a duly elected successor, Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo, qualified to serve the remainder of the term, which expired March 3, 1929. Cutting was not a candidate in the special election to fill this vacancy, which took place on November 6, 1928, the same day as the general election in which the seat was up for a full six-year term, beginning March 4, 1929. Larrazolo was not a candidate for election to the full term, Cutting was elected to it, returning to the Senate after only three months away. Cutting was re-elected in 1934, winning a close race in a failed year for Republicans, he was a co-sponsor of the Hare–Hawes–Cutting Independence Act which aimed to grant the Philippine Islands a ten-year commonwealth status with full autonomy, to be followed by the recognition of Filipino independence.
The bill was enacted over President Herbert Hoover's veto. However, the law was rejected by the Philippines legislature, the Tydings–McDuffie Act, was instead passed by Congress and accepted by the Philippines legislature. Cutting raised the debate on the national level about the government's censorship powers. Via tariff bills dating back to the nineteenth century, the U. S. government, through the Customs Service, had to power to confiscate "obscene" materials arriving to the country. A tariff bill introduced in 1929 sought to expand this power by modifying Section 305 to prohibit printed materials suggesting treason or threatening the life of the President. Senator Cutting, inspired by the complaints of a constituent, opposed the change and attacked Section 305 in its entirety as "irrational, un-American." Through several impassioned speeches, Cutting suggested eliminating Section 305. He was forced to compromise and introduced an amendment removing the references to treason; the amendment passed by only two votes and Cutting received widespread public praise from publishers, booksellers and civil liberties organizations.
As the tariff bill moved toward final confirmation, various Senators, notably Reed Smoot of Utah, attempted to restore Section 305 to its original state, while others proposed further draconian measures. Portions of Smoot's amendments were combined with those of other Senators to create a compromise. Cutting's efforts to create a national debate about censorship were successful, but are now forgotten because the 1929 tariff bill became known as the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Crossing party lines and supporting Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election, Cutting played a key role in the political struggles over the reform of banking which Roosevelt undertook while dealing with the Great Depression, which resulted in the Banking Reform Acts of 1933 and 1935; as a supporter of the Chicago Plan proposed by economist Irving Fisher and others at the University of Chicago, Cutting was among a handful of influential Senators who might have been able to remove from the private banks their ability to manipulate the money supply by enforcing a 100 percent reserve requirement for all credit creation, as stipulated in the Chicago Plan.
His death in an airliner crash cut short. On May 6, 1935, on his way from Albuquerque to Washington, D. C. Cutting died in the crash of TWA Flight 6 in bad weather near Missouri. Senator Cutting's death was to have national impact in that it would lead Congress to commission the controversial Copeland Committee Report on air traffic safety. Dennis Chavez, Cutting's Democratic opponent in 1934, was appointed by the governor to fill Cutting's seat in the Senate. Cutting is interred in Green-Wood Cemetery in New York. List of United States Congress members who died in office United States Congress. "Bronson M. Cutting". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Nolan, M. S.. Fundamentals of air traffic control. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks Cole Publishing Company. Keleher, William Aloysius, Memoirs, 1892–1969: a New Mexico item. Rydal Press: Santa Fe, N. M. Lowitt, Richard Bronson M. Cutting: Progressive politician University of New Mexico Press, New Mexico. ISBN 0-8263-1347-7 Walkiewicz, E. P. and Witemeyer, Hugh Ezra Pou
Robert M. La Follette
Robert Marion La Follette Sr. was an American lawyer and politician. He 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 the 1924 presidential election. Historian John D. Buenker describes La Follette as "the most celebrated figure in Wisconsin history." Born and raised in Wisconsin, La Follette won election as the Dane County District Attorney in 1880. Four years he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he was friendly with party leaders like William McKinley. After losing his seat in the 1890 election, La Follette embraced progressivism and built up a coalition of disaffected Republicans, he sought election as governor in 1898 before winning the 1900 gubernatorial election. As governor of Wisconsin, La Follette compiled a progressive record, implementing primary elections and tax reform. La Follette won re-election in 1902 and 1904, but in 1905 the legislature elected him to the United States Senate.
He emerged as a national progressive leader in the Senate clashing with conservatives like Nelson Aldrich. He supported President William Howard Taft but broke with Taft after the latter failed to push a reduction in tariff rates, he challenged Taft for the Republican presidential nomination in the 1912 presidential election, but his candidacy was overshadowed by that of former President Theodore Roosevelt. La Follette's refusal to support Roosevelt alienated many progressives, though La Follette continued to serve in the Senate, he lost his stature as the leader of that chamber's progressive Republicans. La Follette supported some of President Woodrow Wilson's policies, but he broke with the president over foreign policy. During World War I, La Follette was one of the most outspoken opponents of the administration's domestic and international policies. With the Republican Party and the Democratic Party each nominating conservative candidates in the 1924 presidential election, left-wing groups coalesced behind La Follette's third-party candidacy.
With the support of the Socialist Party, farmer's groups, labor unions, others, La Follette appeared to be a serious threat to unseat Republican President Calvin Coolidge. La Follette stated that his chief goal was to break the "combined power of the private monopoly system over the political and economic life of the American people," and he called for government ownership of railroads and electric utilities, cheap credit for farmers, the outlawing of child labor, stronger laws to help labor unions, protections for civil liberties, his diverse coalition proved challenging to manage, the Republicans rallied to claim victory in the 1924 election. La Follette won 16.6% of the popular vote, one of the best third party performances in U. S. history. He died shortly after the presidential election, but his sons, Robert M. La Follette Jr. and Philip La Follette, succeeded him as progressive leaders in Wisconsin. Robert La Follette was born on a farm in Primrose, Wisconsin, on June 14, 1855, he was the youngest of five children born to Josiah La Follette and Mary Ferguson, who had settled in Wisconsin in 1850.
Josiah descended from French Huguenots. Josiah died less than a year after Robert was born, in 1862 Mary married John Saxton, a wealthy, seventy-year old merchant. La Follette's poor relationship with Saxton made for a difficult childhood. Though his mother was a Democrat, La Follette became, like most of his neighbors, a member of the Republican Party. La Follette began attending school at the age of four, though he worked on the family farm. After Saxton died in 1872, La Follette, his mother, his older sister moved to the nearby town of Madison. La Follette began attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1875 and graduated in 1879, he was a mediocre student, but established a student newspaper. He was influenced by the university's president, John Bascom, on issues of morality and social justice. During his time at the university, he became a vegetarian, declaring that his diet gave him more energy and a clear head. La Follette met Belle Case while attending the University of Wisconsin, they married on December 31, 1881, at her family home in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
She became a leader in the feminist movement, an advocate of women's suffrage and an important influence on the development of La Follette's ideas. La Follette was admitted to the state bar association in 1880; that same year, he won election as the district attorney for Dane County, beginning a long career in politics. He became a protege of George E. Bryant, a wealthy Republican Party businessman and landowner from Madison. In 1884, he won election to the United States House of Representatives, becoming the youngest member of the subsequent 49th Congress, his political views were broadly in line with those of other Northern Republicans at the time. He did, however stray from the wishes of party leaders, as he voted for the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 and the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, he denounced racial discrimination in the Southern United States and favored the Lodge Bill, which would have provided federal protections against the mass disenfranchisement of African Americans in the South.
At 35 years old, La Follette lost his seat in the 1890 Democratic landslide. Several factors contributed to his loss, including a compulsory-education bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature in 1889; because the law required major subjects in schools to be taught in En