Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/La Follette, Robert Marion
LA FOLLETTE, ROBERT MARION, a United States Senator from Wisconsin; born in Primrose, Wis., in 1855. He graduated, University of Wisconsin, in 1879. The following year he was admitted to the bar. From 1880 to 1884 he was District Attorney for Dane co. From 1885 to 1891 he was a member of Congress and took a prominent part in framing the McKinley Bill. He was elected governor of Wisconsin in 1903 and 1905. In the latter year he was elected United States Senator, and was re-elected in 1910 and 1916. From his earliest entry in political life he was an advocate of liberal, and at times, radical policies, both in the State and National government. He was a candidate for the presidency in 1908 and in 1912. He refused the nomination of the Farmer-Labor Party in 1920.