Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Who were the Candidates running for Governor of Wisconsin in 1900?

I understand there was a man with the surname Smith running for governor in the election of 1900. I need to find out any biographical info about him that I can. Any ideas?


Ok, I found my person. His name was Jabez Burritt Smith (1852-1914) — also known as J. Burritt Smith — of Wisconsin. Born in Sherburne, Chenango County, N.Y., March 17, 1852. Prohibition candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1900. Died in Hammond, St. Croix County, Wis., December 31, 1914. Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.

Still, looking for any additional biographical info on this person.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Wisconcin Historical Society would be your best bet - - -

    here is all that I can do - - - and you should keep in mind that the big name was Robert M LaFollette Senior perhaps the most Liberal Man ever elected Governor of a State, twice the Progressive Candiate for President. In America in 2007 a man like LaFollette would be hauled off to Guatamano Bay...

    ""Robert M. La Follette, Sr., campaigning in Cumberland, Wisconsin in 1897. La Follette led the reform faction in Wisconsin's Republican party and in 1900, he was elected governor. Under his leadership, Wisconsin became an outstanding example of progressive government""


    ""Gov. La Follette was renominated over the opposition of the Wisconsin Republican league and re-elected in November. While the league did not contest his election as an organization, it was no secret that the members bolted in large numbers. In 1900 his total vote was 264,419, and his net plurality over the democratic candidate, Louis 0. Bomrich, was 103,745. In 1902 his total vote was 193,417--a falling off of 71,002--and his net plurality over David S. Bose, the democratic candidate, was 47,599. But the figures showing the shrinkage of the republican vote do not give a complete understanding of the republican bolt or indicate to what extent the republican party was divided. Thousands of democrats who had been "regular" since W. J. Bryan captured the Chicago convention in 1896 were in full sympathy with Gov. La Follette and his reforms. They voted for him in companies, battalions, and regiments. They were, interchangeably, Bryan democrats or La Follette republicans, whatever the occasion might call for. And their assistance had been industriously solicited. ""

    AND this one even more detailed..

    """Early in the Spring of 1900 the belief became general that Mr. La Follette would make another trial to win the nomination for governor at the hands of the republican party. That he always had intended to be a candidate there can be no reasonable doubt, but no public declaration of that intention was made until May 16, at which time a mild, conciliatory announcement addressed to the republican voters of Wisconsin was printed in The Milwaukee Sentinel, then owned and managed by men who were his strong partisans. In that announcement the primary election movement was not specifically mentioned, but reference was made to the fact that he had, with others, labored for years "to secure the recognition of certain principles as just, equitable, and republican." As he referred to taxation reforms, presumably as an interpretation of the statement quoted, and as no further hint was given of his purpose to push his primary ideas to a revolutionary issue, little, if any, thought was given to the subject, the announcement being regarded as the formal utterance of a candidate who desired to make the best possible impression without saying anything that would give offense or occasion for alarm.

    The announcement opened the campaign in earnest, as five other candidates were then in the field. They were: State Senators DeWayne Stebbins, John M. Whitehead, A. M. Jones, the Hon. Ira B. Bradford and Gen. Earl M. Rogers. ""

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