Theodore Roosevelt's Fighting Bob La Follette

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“Fighting Bob La Follette” was born on June 14, 1855 in Dane County, Wisconsin. He spent his childhood as a farm laborer before going to college at the University of Wisconsin. He graduated after 4 years and found his first job as the Dane County district attorney. After this, he became a congressman representing Wisconsin which gave him a start to his great political career at the state level for his zealous oratory. Many political bosses despised him for his progressive beliefs and how he wasn’t afraid to share his opinion with the people. He also had later become the governor of Wisconsin and a member of the United States Senate. He also ran for president in 1924 but lost to Calvin Coolidge. Robert La Follette began his career as a reformer…show more content…
After this, La Follette supported Woodrow Wilson and his policy of neutrality in the coming war. He didn’t want America to join World War I but they did and after the war he opposed the the Treaty of Versailles and the U.S. membership in the League of Nations. Even though some people thought his views on these subjects were invalid he got reelected as a Senator in 1922. In the years 1921-1924 La Follette went on an extreme hunt on exposing flagrant corruption. This led him to join the election of 1924 in a 3rd party where he lost to Calvin Coolidge. The following year Robert La Follette died on June 18, 1925 of cardiovascular disease. Robert La Follette was a courageous, zealous, and influential contributor in the Progressive Movement. He led one of the most popular states in the Progressive Movement and tried to make people aware of how corrupt big business leaders, and the politicians were. Many people hated him but he still kept moving forward and spreading awareness of the corruption and how it should be changed. If it weren’t for people like him, we might not be so fortunate to have the equal rights economically and politically that we have today. Robert La Follette made a huge impact on progressiveness of both economics and

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