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Robert M. La Follette, Sr. Speaking from Wagon | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Robert M. La Follette, Sr. Speaking from Wagon

Robert M. La Follette, Sr. Speaking from Wagon | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Robert M. La Follette, Sr., with his fist in the air, speaking from the back of a wagon. It was in part due to his vigorous speaking style that La Follette won the nickname "Fighting Bob." This image is one of a series of views of his appearance at a fair in Cumberland, Wisconsin, in 1897. After three unsuccessful campaigns during which he brought his reform message to Wisconsin at events such as this, La Follette was elected governor of Wisconsin in 1900.
DESCRIPTION
Robert M. La Follette, Sr., with his fist in the air, speaking from the back of a wagon. It was in part due to his vigorous speaking style that La Follette won the nickname "Fighting Bob." This image is one of a series of views of his appearance at a fair in Cumberland, Wisconsin, in 1897. After three unsuccessful campaigns during which he brought his reform message to Wisconsin at events such as this, La Follette was elected governor of Wisconsin in 1900.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:3562
Creation Date: 1897
Creator Name:Michigan State College Press
City:Cumberland
County:Barron
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Album 25 (Robert M. La Follette & Family)
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 25.31
Original Dimensions:3 x 3 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
See also Image IDs: 2020, 2390, 2417, 113431 and 113432 for related views.

Text in Album 25.31. These speeches were so effective that the opposing machine attempted to break up the crowds at the gatherings. A Democrat, B.J. Daly, said of one of the speeches, "That was the first time I had ever heard a man attack his own party....The speech made a profound and lasting impression...and convinced me of the man's perfect honesty." Cf. Robert M. La Follette, by Belle Case La Follette, Vol. I, p. 121-124.

SUBJECTS
Suits (Clothing)
Cities and towns
Public speaking
Audiences
Crowds
Men
Outdoor photography
Political campaigns
Politicians
Progressivism (United States politics)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Fairs
Horse-drawn vehicles
Wagons

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