Charles M. La Follette
|Charles M. La Follette|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th district
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1947
|Preceded by||John W. Boehne, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||E.A. Mitchell|
|Born||Charles Marion La Follette
February 27, 1898
New Albany, Indiana
|Died||June 27, 1974
Trenton, New Jersey
|Resting place||Locust Hill Cemetery
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University Law School|
Charles Marion La Follette (February 27, 1898, New Albany, Indiana - June 27, 1974, Trenton, New Jersey) was an American lawyer and politician from Indiana. His great-grandfather was William Heilman, who was in the United States House of Representatives from Indiana. He served as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives during the 1940s and took part in the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials.
During World War I, La Follette was in the United States Army from 1917 to 1919, where he served in the 38th Infantry Division of the 151st Infantry Regiment. After his military service, La Follette studied law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and was admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association in 1925. He set up practice in Evansville, Indiana. La Follette served as a Republican in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1927 to 1929, and in the United States House of Representatives from 1943 to 1947. In 1947 he served as deputy chief of counsel for war crimes in the Nuremberg Trials. La Follette then served as the Director of Americans for Democratic Action from 1949 to 1950, and served on the Subversive Activities Control Board from 1950 to 1951.
In pop culture
Fictional character Charles W. La Follette, based on Charles M. La Follette, plays a key role in the latter books of Harry Turtledoves alternate history the Southern Victory Series. La Follette is elected Vice-President of the United States in 1940 and ascends to the presidency upon the death of President Al Smith in early 1942.