Library of Congress
BLAINE, John James (1875-1934)
Senate Years of Service: 1927-1933

BLAINE, JOHN JAMES, a Senator from Wisconsin; born on a farm in Wingville Township, Grant County, Wis., May 4, 1875; attended the common schools; was graduated from the law department of Valparaiso (Ind.) University in 1896; was admitted to the bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Montford; moved to Boscobel in 1897 and continued the practice of law; mayor of Boscobel 1901-1904, 1906-1907; member of the Grant County Board of Supervisors 1901-1904; member, State senate 1909-1913; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1914; attorney general of the State of Wisconsin 1919-1921; Governor of Wisconsin 1921-1927; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1927, and served from March 4, 1927, to March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; resumed the practice of law at Boscobel; appointed a director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in 1933 and served until his death in Boscobel, Wis., April 16, 1934; interment in Hillside Cemetery.

Cornell University
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in the John D. Miller Dairymen's League records, 1915-1946. Finding aid.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
Papers: 1873, 1894-1934 (bulk 1921-1927). 9 volumes and 69 boxes. Chiefly gubernatorial papers, correspondence, and speeches. Finding aid.
Papers: In the Edwin Emil Witte papers, 1905-ca. 1967; Frank W. Kuehl papers, 1896, 1911-1981; Ada L. James papers, 1816-1952; Albert O. Barton papers, 1858-1948; and Charles H. Crownhart family papers, 1853-1943.

  • O'Brien, Patrick G. "Senator John J. Blaine: An Independent Progressive During `Normalcy'.'' Wisconsin Magazine of History 60 (Autumn 1976): 25-41.