Library of Congress
LA FOLLETTE, Robert Marion, Jr. (1895-1953)
Senate Years of Service: 1925-1947

LA FOLLETTE, ROBERT MARION, JR., (son of Robert Marion La Follette), a Senator from Wisconsin; born in Madison, Dane County, Wis., February 6, 1895; attended the public schools of Madison and Washington, D.C.; attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison 1913-1917; private secretary to his father 1919-1925; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on September 9, 1925, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Robert M. La Follette; reelected as a Republican in 1928, and as a Progressive in 1934 and 1940, and served from September 30, 1925, to January 3, 1947; unsuccessful candidate for reelection as a Republican in 1946; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses); a champion of organized labor, La Follette gained national prominence between 1936 and 1940 as chairman of a special Senate investigating committee, commonly called the La Follette Civil Liberties Committee, which exposed techniques used to prevent workers from organizing; author, economic-research consultant, and foreign aid advisor to the Truman administration; died in Washington, D.C., February 24, 1953, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1963. 163 leaves. La Follette Civil Liberties Committee project, including interviews with John Abt, 16 leaves; Gardner Jackson, 24 leaves; Luke Wilson, 28 leaves; Robert Wohlfort and Matthew Josephson, 75 leaves. Also discussed in interviews with Barbara Armstrong, Bernice Bernstein, and Heber Blankenhorn. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Cornell University
Labor Management Documentation
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In American Association for Labor Legislation records, 1905-1940, available on microfilm; and Ralph D. Winstead papers, 1922-1949.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Ca. 198,000 items (1895-1960) in La Follette family papers, 1781-1970. 600 linear feet. Personal and congressional correspondence and papers including letters sent and received, campaign material, speeches, articles, copies of The Progressive, business and financial papers, newspaper clippings, books, and files pertaining to the military, Supreme Court bill of 1937, neutrality, appointment of Henry A. Wallace as secretary of commerce, government departments, immigration, and legislation. Finding aid.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1935-1953. 1 box. Includes press releases and correspondence relating to taxation, the campaign of 1936, and the launching of the S.S. Robert M. La Follette, together with memorial addresses.
Additional Papers: In William Morris Leiserson papers, 1901-1959; Hattie Oden Young papers, 1748-1933; David Joseph Saposs papers, 1907-1968; Charles A. Kading papers, 1893-1976; Edwin Emil Witte papers, 1905-1967; Connor Lumber and Land Company records, 1872-1982; Philip Fox La Follette papers, 1876-1973; Frank W. Kuehl papers, 1896, 1911-1981; William Theodore Evjue papers, 1905-1969; August William Derleth papers, 1858, 1907-1978; John Mandt Nelson papers, 1897-1977; Charles E. Broughton papers, 1916-1953; William Best Hesseltine papers, 1856-1964; John K. Kyle papers, 1925-1964; Thomas Ryum Amlie papers, 1888-1966; Aldric Revell papers, 1933-1957; and Charles H. Crownhart family papers, 1853-1943.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
River Falls Area Research Center University of Wisconsin
River Falls, WI
Papers: In Walker Demarquis Wyman papers, 1920, 1929-1992.

Wayne State University
Walter P. Reuther Library
Detroit, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Heber Holbrook Blankenhorn papers, 1910-1967; material concerning the Senate labor investigations (1936-1937) in Harold A. Cranefield papers, 1932-1963; William Goldman papers, 1937-1959; and Victor George Reuther papers, 1936-1938. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in Harry Weinberger papers, 1915-1942; Dwight Macdonald papers, 1865-1984 (bulk 1920-1978); William Howard Taft papers, 1874-1928; and Frank Parsons papers, 1888-1908.

  • Auerbach, Jerold S. Labor and Liberty: The La Follette Committee and the New Deal. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1966.
  • Doan, Edward N. The La Follettes and the Wisconsin Idea. New York: Rinehart, 1947.
  • Johnson, Roger T. Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and the Decline of the Progressive Party in Wisconsin. 1964. Reprint. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1970.
  • Kent, Alan Edmond. "Portrait in Isolationism: The La Follettes and Foreign Policy.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1957.
  • La Follette, Robert M., Jr. "Systematizing Congressional Control.'' American Political Science Review 41 (1947): 58-68.
  • Maney, Patrick J. "Young Bob'' La Follette: A Biography of Robert M. La Follette, Jr., 1895-1953. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1978.
  • Rosenof, Theodore. " `Young Bob' La Follette on American Capitalism.'' Wisconsin Magazine of History 55 (Winter 1971-1972): 130-39.