Francis E. McGovern

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Francis E. McGovern
Francis E. McGovern.jpg
22nd Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 2, 1911 – January 4, 1915
Preceded by James O. Davidson
Succeeded by Emanuel L. Philipp
Personal details
Born (1866-01-21)January 21, 1866
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died May 16, 1946(1946-05-16) (aged 80)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Resting place Forest Home Cemetery
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Citizenship US
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Profession Lawyer
Politician

Francis E. McGovern (January 21, 1866 – May 16, 1946), was an American lawyer and politician from Wisconsin. He served as a the 22nd Governor of Wisconsin from 1911 to 1915.

Early life[edit]

McGovern was born in Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.[1] He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1890,[2] and served as high school principal in Brodhead, Wisconsin and Appleton, Wisconsin. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1897.[3] He began the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Political career[edit]

He was elected District Attorney in Milwaukee in 1904, and served as District Attorney from 1907-1904 and from 1905-1908. [4] In 1908, he ran for U.S. Senator but was defeated. He was elected Governor of Wisconsin in 1910 and 1912.[5] McGovern supported the La Follette progressive wing of the Republican Party. He broke with LaFollette in 1912 by supporting Theodore Roosevelt and LaFollette worked to defeat his reelection in 1914, in conjunction with anti-tax conservative Republicans.[6][7] He ran for U.S. Senator again in 1914 and was defeated.[8]

After leaving the governorship, he resumed the practice of law. When World War I began he entered the U.S. Army as a Major, and served as Judge Advocate of the 18th Division.[9] In 1920 he served as general counsel for the U.S. Shipping Board.[10] He resumed the practice of law in Milwaukee in 1921 and served as president of the Milwaukee Bar Association in 1923.[11] He was a member of the executive committee of the Wisconsin State Bar Association.

He died on May 16, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is interred in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Legislative Reference Bureau (1981). The State of Wisconsin Blue Book. Legislative Reference Bureau. p. 697. 
  2. ^ "Francis E. McGovern Papers, 1909-1915, 1935". Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aid. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Buenke, John D. (2013). The Progressive Era, 1893-1914. Wisconsin Historical Society. p. 528. 
  4. ^ "Francis E. McGovern, 1905-1944". Milwaukee Company Historical Society. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Francis E. McGovern, Progressive Era governor". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "McGovern, Francis E.". Our Campaigns. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Buenke, John D. (2013). The Progressive Era, 1893-1914. Wisconsin Historical Society. p. 528. 
  8. ^ McGovern, Francis 1966 - 1976
  9. ^ "Francis E. McGovern Papers, 1909-1915, 1935". Archival Resources in Wisconsin: Descriptive Finding Aid. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Francis E. McGovern, 1905-1944". Milwaukee Company Historical Society. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ E. Thompson Company (1922). Law Notes, Volume 26. E. Thompson Company. p. 215. 
  12. ^ "Historical People". Forest Home Cemetery. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • John D. Buenker, The History of Wisconsin. Volume IV The Progressive Era, 1893-1914 (1998)

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
James O. Davidson
Governor of Wisconsin
1911 – 1915
Succeeded by
Emanuel L. Philipp