Oscar Rennebohm

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Oscar Rennebohm
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31st Governor of Wisconsin
In office
March 12, 1947 – January 1, 1951
Preceded byWalter S. Goodland
Succeeded byWalter J. Kohler, Jr.
30th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 4, 1943 – March 12, 1947
GovernorWalter S. Goodland
Preceded byWalter S. Goodland
Succeeded byGeorge M. Smith
Personal details
Born(1889-05-25)May 25, 1889
Leeds, Columbia County, Wisconsin
DiedOctober 15, 1968(1968-10-15) (aged 79)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Resting placeForest Hill Cemetery
Madison, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Fowler Rennebohm
ChildrenCarol Ann Rennebohm
ParentsWilliam Carl Rennebohm
Julia Brandt Rennebohm
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War I

Oscar Rennebohm (May 25, 1889 – October 15, 1968) was an American politician, a pharmacist, and the 32nd Governor of Wisconsin.

Early life[edit]

Born in Leeds, Wisconsin, in Columbia County,[1] Rennebohm moved with his family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when he was ten, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911, after which he worked as a pharmacist and in 1912 he founded Rennebohm Drug Stores under a Rexall franchise. He was vice-president of the American Pharmaceutical Association, president of the Wisconsin Pharmaceutical Association and Regent of the University of Wisconsin.


During World War I, he attended officer candidate school and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy.

In 1945, Rennebohm was elected the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin; when Governor Walter Goodland died shortly after his third term began, Rennebohm succeeded him, winning election to the governorship in 1948.[2] During his tenure as governor, Rennebohm began a veterans' housing program financed by an increased liquor tax. In 1949, he founded the Rennebohm Foundation, which supports education in the Madison area; the school of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is named after Rennebohm.


Rennebohm retired and died in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 15, 1968 (age 79 years, 143 days), he is interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin.

Family life[edit]

Son of William Carl and Julia Brandt Rennebohm, he married Mary Fowler on September 8, 1920 and they had one daughter, Carol Ann.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Samuel Goodland
Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
George M. Smith
Preceded by
Walter Samuel Goodland
Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Walter J. Kohler, Jr.