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LaFollette family of Madison, Wisconsin

Note: This is just one of 1,130 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

This specific family group is a subset of the much larger Three Thousand Related Politicians group. An individual may be listed with more than one subset.

These groupings — even the names of the groupings, and the areas of main activity — are the result of a computer algorithm working with the data I have, not the choices of any historian or genealogist.

  John Z. Saxton (1792-1872) — of Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N.Y.; Argyle, Lafayette County, Wis. Born in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N.Y., October 24, 1792. Democrat. Postmaster at Fredonia, N.Y., 1835-39. Baptist. Died in Argyle, Lafayette County, Wis., October 30, 1872 (age 80 years, 6 days). Interment at Old Argyle Cemetery, Argyle, Wis.
  Relatives: Married to Mary Akin (1793-1862); married 1862 to Mary (Ferguson) LaFollette (1818-1894; mother of Robert Marion LaFollette (1855-1925)).
  Political families: Eastman family; LaFollette family of Madison, Wisconsin (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Robert M. LaFollette Robert Marion LaFollette (1855-1925) — also known as Robert M. LaFollette; "Fighting Bob"; "Battling Bob" — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Primrose, Dane County, Wis., June 14, 1855. Lawyer; Dane County District Attorney, 1880-84; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 3rd District, 1885-91; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1896, 1904; Governor of Wisconsin, 1901-06; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1906-25; died in office 1925; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1908, 1916; Progressive candidate for President of the United States, 1924. French ancestry. Died of heart disease complicated by asthma and pneumonia, in Washington, D.C., June 18, 1925 (age 70 years, 4 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Josiah LaFollette (1817-1862) and Mary (Ferguson) LaFollette (1818-1894; who later married John Z. Saxton); married, December 31, 1881, to Belle Case (1859-1931; first female graduate of the University of Wisconsin law school); father of Robert Marion LaFollette, Jr. and Philip Fox LaFollette; uncle of Charles Sumner Eastman; grandfather of Bronson Cutting LaFollette (1936-).
  Political family: LaFollette family of Madison, Wisconsin (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Books about Robert M. LaFollette: Nancy C. Unger, Fighting Bob La Follette : The Righteous Reformer — Bernard A. Weisberger, The LaFollettes of Wisconsin : Love and Politics in Progressive America
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, September 1902
  Charles Sumner Eastman (1864-1939) — also known as Charles S. Eastman — of Hot Springs, Fall River County, S.Dak. Born in Primrose, Dane County, Wis., January 23, 1864. Democrat. Lawyer; real estate business; Fall River County Sheriff, 1897-1900; member of South Dakota state house of representatives 44th District, 1907-08; postmaster; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1928. Member, Odd Fellows. Died in Hot Springs, Fall River County, S.Dak., August 26, 1939 (age 75 years, 215 days). Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: Charles Sumner
  Relatives: Son of Dean Henry Eastman (1835-1914) and Ellen Alice (Buchanan) Eastman (1841-1923); married, April 15, 1888, to Agnes Colgan (1868-1931); nephew of Robert Marion LaFollette; second cousin four times removed of Edward Hutchinson Robbins; fourth cousin once removed of Sumner Wellington Farnham, Carlisle Stewart Abbott and Edgar Augustus Farnham (1848-1931).
  Political families: Eastman family; Farnham family of East Windsor Hill, Connecticut (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
Robert M. LaFollette, Jr. Robert Marion LaFollette, Jr. (1895-1953) — also known as Robert M. LaFollette, Jr. — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Madison, Dane County, Wis., February 6, 1895. Wisconsin Republican state chair, 1925; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1925-47; defeated in Republican primary, 1946; delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1928 (member, Resolutions Committee; speaker), 1932. Protestant. Died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in the bathroom of his home, in Washington, D.C., February 24, 1953 (age 58 years, 18 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Marion LaFollette and Belle (Case) LaFollette; brother of Philip Fox LaFollette; married, September 17, 1930, to Rachel Wilson Young; father of Bronson Cutting LaFollette (1936-).
  Political family: LaFollette family of Madison, Wisconsin (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Robert M. LaFollette, Jr.: Roger T. Johnson, Robert M. LaFollette, Jr. and the Decline of the Progressive Party in Wisconsin — Bernard A. Weisberger, The LaFollettes of Wisconsin : Love and Politics in Progressive America — Patrick J. Maney, Young Bob : A Biography of Robert M. LaFollette, Jr.
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Philip Fox LaFollette (1897-1965) — also known as Philip F. LaFollette — of Madison, Dane County, Wis.; Douglaston, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Madison, Dane County, Wis., May 8, 1897. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; Dane County District Attorney, 1925-26; Governor of Wisconsin, 1931-33, 1935-39; defeated, 1938; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1952. Died August 18, 1965 (age 68 years, 102 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Robert Marion LaFollette and Belle (Case) LaFollette; brother of Robert Marion LaFollette, Jr.; married, April 14, 1923, to Isabel Bacon; uncle of Bronson Cutting LaFollette (1936-).
  Political family: LaFollette family of Madison, Wisconsin (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Books about Philip F. LaFollette: Bernard A. Weisberger, The LaFollettes of Wisconsin : Love and Politics in Progressive America
  Bronson Cutting LaFollette (b. 1936) — also known as Bronson C. LaFollette — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Washington, D.C., February 2, 1936. Democrat. Lawyer; Wisconsin state attorney general, 1965-69, 1974-87; candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1968. Still living as of 2000.
  Presumably named for: Bronson M. Cutting
  Relatives: Son of Robert Marion LaFollette, Jr. and Rachel Wilson (Young) LaFollette; nephew of Philip Fox LaFollette (1897-1965); grandson of Robert Marion LaFollette.
  Political family: LaFollette family of Madison, Wisconsin (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article
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