William La Follette

William Leroy La Follette ( born November 30, 1860 in Thorntown, Boone County, Indiana; † 20 December 1934 in Colfax, Washington ) was an American politician. Between 1911 and 1919 he represented the State of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William La Follette attended the public schools of his home, including the Central Indiana Normal College. In addition, he worked as a store clerk. In 1876 he moved to the Willamette Valley in Oregon and 1877 in the area around Palouse, also in Oregon. There and in Whitman County in Washington, he worked in the cattle breeding and fruit growing. In 1908 he moved to Pullman.

Politically, La Follette was a member of the Republican Party. Between 1899 and 1901 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Washington. Already in 1893 he was a member of the Washington delegation at the World Exhibition in Chicago. Where he led the state of his state. In the congressional elections of 1910 he was in the third electoral district of Washington State in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Miles Poindexter on March 4, 1911. After a re-election in 1912 he was able in 1915 represented his district in Congress until March 3. In 1914 he was selected in the fourth district, succeeding James W. Bryan again in the U.S. House of Representatives. There he was able to complete two other legislative periods after a re-election in 1916. Overall, he was represented from 1911 to 1919 in four legislative sessions in Congress. In this time of the First World War fell. In 1913, the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted.

In the 1918 elections, La Follette was not nominated by his party for re-election. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives he lived until 1920 in Spokane, and then for two years in Maryland. He then settled in Colfax, where he held his previous jobs again.