Running as the Progressive Party candidate, Robert M. La Follette captured some one-sixth of the popular vote. The candidates Upon the unexpected death of Pres.
Early life[ edit ] Robert M. He began teaching school for tuition money for the University of Wisconsin—Madisonwhere he was "a very mediocre student who enjoyed social activities.
Finally, in , Robert La Follette was elected governor of Wisconsin. In his first two terms he pushed several Progressive initiatives, but nearly all were blocked by the state legislature. Instituting a system later known as the “Wisconsin Idea”, he commissioned leading political science academics to help create a “laboratory of democracy” drafting Born: Jun 14, After converting to the progressive era, astute politician, Robert La Follete, became governor of Wisconsin in Soon after his surge of state reforms, Wisconsin earned the . Political Reform Progressive Governors Robert La Follette Wisconsin Republican from HISTORY at San Diego Mesa College.
La Follette met Belle Case while attending the University of Wisconsin, and they married on December 31,at her family home in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
After two terms, he was elected to the United States House of Representativeswhere he served three terms. There he was noted for championing Native and African-American rights. At 35 years old, Robert La Follette lost his seat in the Democratic landslide.
Several factors contributed to his loss, including a compulsory-education bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature in Because the bill required major subjects in schools to be taught in English, it formed a large divide in Wisconsin both racially and ethnically within the foreign Catholic and Lutheran communities.
Despite the unpopularity of his views at the time, La Follette continued to champion the rights of minorities against prejudice. In his home state, he was convinced industry and railroad interests had too much sway over the party.
Senator Philetus Sawyer allegedly offered La Follette a bribe to side with him in a court case against former state officials. It was the turning point, in a way, of my career. Sooner or later I probably would have done what I did in Wisconsin.
But it would have been later. It would have been a matter of much slower evolution. But it shocked me into a complete realization of the extremes to which this power that Sawyer represented would go to secure the results it was after.
Their calls for reform gained more support after the Panic of caused great upheaval in the economic and social conditions of most Americans.
Inthe Insurgents openly challenged the Stalwarts for leadership of the Republican Party. Their Nils Haugen sought the Republican nomination for governor inand La Follette followed in and His speeches decrying the sway of big business especially the railroads and his calls for a more direct democracy drew ever increasing crowds.
InLa Follette formed a coalition that temporarily disrupted the Stalwart hold on the nomination process. After securing the nomination, he "traveled to sixty-one counties, gave speeches and spoke topeople.
Governor of Wisconsin[ edit ] La Follette addressing a large Chautauqua assembly in Decatur, IllinoisFrom untilLa Follette served as Governor of Wisconsin — the first native-born governor of the state. During his first term, he proposed to set up a railroad commission, imposed an ad valorem tax on the railroad companies, and established a direct primary system.
The Stalwarts blocked his agenda, and he refused to compromise with them. During this time he also completed and published the ten-volume The Making of America.
La Follette began working to unite insurgent Democrats to form a broad coalition. He did manage to secure the passage of the primary bill and some revision to the railroad tax structure. During this campaign, La Follette gained national attention when muckraking journalist Lincoln Steffens began to cover his campaign.
With the press coverage and his successful re-election, La Follette rose to become a national figure.
His message against "vast corporate combinations"  attracted more journalists and more progressives. He created an atmosphere of close collaboration between the state government and the University of Wisconsin in the development of progressive policy, which became known as the Wisconsin Idea.
The goals of his policy included the recall, referendum, direct primary, and initiative.Robert M. La Follette: Robert M.
La Follette, U.S. leader of the Progressive Movement, who as governor of Wisconsin (–06) and U.S. senator (–25) was noted for his support of reform legislation. He was the unsuccessful presidential candidate of the League for Progressive Political .
Robert M. La Follette: Robert M. La Follette, U.S. leader of the Progressive Movement, who as governor of Wisconsin (–06) and U.S. senator (–25) was noted for his support of reform legislation. He was the unsuccessful presidential candidate of the League for Progressive Political Action (i.e., the Progressive.
Robert La Follete speaking to voters in He became governor of Wisconsin in and ran for President on the Progressive ticket in The progressive governor of Wisconsin Robert La Follete introduced the method of direct primaries in which the majority vote would elect the party candidates for the state and federal offices.
This method was used to try to minimize the power of political bosses to try to keep the corrupt officials from gaining office once again.
The state of Wisconsin, the cheese and dairy state, has had a distinguished history in many respects. It was the base of the great Mr. Progressive, Governor and Senator Robert La Follette, Sr, who also was the Progressive Party nominee for President in , and had the third best percentage of the vote of any third party nominee in history.
Sep 04, · Introduction: In my previous discussions about the need for financial regulatory reform, I made an allusion to the economic proposals of Robert M. "Fighting Bob" LaFollete. Today, I'm going to talk about how the Progressive ideas of LaFollete's presidential campaign can be adapted to solve one of our most difficult long-term problems - the.