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Philip La Follette

In office
January 5, 1931 ‚Äď January 2, 1933
Lieutenant Henry A. Huber (R) (1925‚Äď1933)
Preceded by Walter J. Kohler, Sr.
Succeeded by Albert G. Schmedeman

In office
January 7, 1935 ‚Äď January 2, 1939
Lieutenant Thomas J. O'Malley (D) (1933‚Äď1937)
Preceded by Albert G. Schmedeman
Succeeded by Julius P. Heil

Born May 8, 1897(1897-05-08)
Madison, Wisconsin
Died August 18, 1965 (aged 68)
Madison, Wisconsin
Political party Republican, Wisconsin Progressive Party
Spouse(s) Isabel Bacon
Profession Lawyer

Philip Fox La Follette (May 8, 1897‚ÄďAugust 18, 1965) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

La Follette was born in Madison, Wisconsin, a member of the politically-prominent La Follette family, the son of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. and Belle Case La Follette, brother of Robert M. La Follette, Jr., brother-in-law of the playwright George Middleton, and uncle of Bronson La Follette.

La Follette was the 27th and 29th Governor of Wisconsin from 1931 to 1933 and 1935 to 1939. He was first elected as a progressive member of the Republican Party in the 1930 election. After a defeat in the 1932 Republican Primary, however, La Follette along with his brother, Robert M. La Follette, Jr. created the Wisconsin Progressive Party and both ran successfully under its ticket in 1934. The gregarious governor was known as "Phil" on the streets of Madison during his governorship, much as his father had been known as simply "Bob." His governorship saw the implementation of many of the progressive measures of the New Deal, with La Follette being responsible for the implementation of some of them on the state level before the Roosevelt Administration could do so on the national level.

He served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry in 1918. In 1919 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison. and in 1922 a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Wisconsin. He married Isabel Bacon in 1923. He was the District attorney for Dane County, Wisconsin from 1925-1927.

La Follette was defeated seeking reelection as governor in 1938. That spring he had attempted to launch the National Progressive Party of America in an attempt to create a national third party (as the La Follettes had helped create in Wisconsin) in anticipation of Franklin D. Roosevelt not seeking a third term for President. The plan for a new national Progressive Party never materialized at the time, and Roosevelt soon decided to defy convention and precedent and seek a third term; La Follette never again sought public office for himself.

Much as his father opposed U.S. entry into World War I, Phil La Follette strongly opposed U.S. entry into World War II. Once war was declared, he abandoned his opposition and joined the U.S. Army, serving on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur. He would later spearhead a slate of delegates supporting MacArthur in the 1948 presidential campaign.

From 1955 to 1959, La Follette served as president of Hazeltine Electronics, and made his home in Douglaston, New York. He later returned to Wisconsin, wrote his autobiography, and was active in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

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Published works

  • La Follette, Philip Fox, Adventure in politics: the memoirs of Philip La Follette edited by Donald Young, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter J. Kohler, Sr.
Governor of Wisconsin
1931‚Äď1933
Succeeded by
Albert G. Schmedeman
Preceded by
Albert G. Schmedeman
Governor of Wisconsin
1935‚Äď1939
Succeeded by
Julius P. Heil
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