Robert M. La Follette

American progressive politician from Wisconsin (1855–1925)
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Robert Marion "Fighting Bob" La Follette, Sr. (June 14, 1855 – June 18, 1925) was an American Republican. He was a Senator from Wisconsin from January 2, 1906 until his death on June 18, 1925. He ran for President in 1924, but lost. If La Follette won he would have been the seventh President to die in office. He is thought to be one of the greatest Senators of American History.

Robert M. La Follette
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1906 – June 18, 1925
Preceded byJoseph V. Quarles
Succeeded byRobert M. La Follette, Jr.
20th Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 7, 1901 – January 1, 1906
LieutenantJesse Stone (1901–1902)
Preceded byEdward Scofield
Succeeded byJames O. Davidson
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1891
Preceded byBurr W. Jones
Succeeded byAllen R. Bushnell
Personal details
Robert Marion La Follette

(1855-06-14)June 14, 1855
Primrose, Wisconsin
DiedJune 18, 1925(1925-06-18) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Belle Case La Follette (1881-1925)
ChildrenFola La Follette, Robert M. La Follette, Jr., Philip La Follette, Mary La Follette
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison

La Follette was born on June 14, 1855 in Primrose, Wisconsin. He is of English-Scottish-French descent. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. La Follette was married to Belle Case Le Follette from 1881 until his death in 1925. They had four children. La Follette died on June 18, 1925 in Washington, D.C. from a heart disease, aged 70.[1]


  1. "La Follette Dies In Capital Home. Lauded By His Foes. Final Attack of Heart Disease in Early Morning Is Fatal to Insurgent Leader". New York Times. June 19, 1925. Retrieved 2012-10-11. Senator Robert Marion La Follette, leader of the Republican Progressives and an independent candidate for the Presidency last year, died in his home here at 1:21 P.M. today from heart disease, which had been complicated by attacks of bronchial asthma and pneumonia. ...

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