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Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Timeline: Cherry, Plum, and Chrysanthemum

Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Portrait of Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

20th Governor of Wisconsin
January 7, 1901 – January 1, 1906

Predecessor: Edward Scofield
Successor: James O. Davidson
Born: June 14, 1855
Primrose, Wisconsin, United States of America
Died: June 18, 1925 (aged 70)
Mayflower, D.C., United States of America
Political Party: Progressive (1912-25)
Republican (1880-1912)
Religion: Baptist
Profession: Politician
Robert Marion "Fighting Bob" La Follette, Sr. (June 14, 1855 – June 18, 1925) was an American Progressive (previously Republican) politician. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1885–1891), the Governor of Wisconsin (1901–1906), a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (1906–1925), all for Republican Party. He ran twice for President of the United States as the nominee of Progressive Party in 1920 and in 1924.

La Follette was one of initial leaders of Progressive Party and the leading figure of the Progressive Movement in early 20th century. Together with Hiram Johnson, he known as the leading figure of "Peace Progressives", the isolationist wing of the Progressive Party. He best remembered as a vocal opponent of railroad trusts, bossism and World War I. La Follette was so influential for bring the American Socialists into the Progressive Party in early 1920s.

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