Orland Steen Loomis
|Orland Steen Loomis|
|Born||November 2, 1893
|Died||December 7, 1942 (aged 49)|
Cause of death
|Known for||Elected Governor of Wisconsin, but died before taking office|
|Title||Governor-elect of Wisconsin|
|Predecessor||Julius P. Heil|
|Successor||Walter Samuel Goodland|
|Spouse(s)||Florence Marie Ely|
Loomis received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1917. He was stationed in France during World War I, after which he returned to Mauston to practice law, serving as the city attorney from 1922 to 1931. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1928 and the Wisconsin State Senate in 1930. From 1935 to 1937 Loomis was director of the Rural Electrification Administration in Wisconsin. He was then elected Attorney General of Wisconsin, serving from 1937 to 1939.
After narrowly losing the 1940 election for Governor of Wisconsin as a Progressive, Loomis ran again in 1942, defeating the incumbent Governor Julius Heil. He died suddenly of a heart attack a month before he was to take office, and the Republican Lieutenant Governor Walter Samuel Goodland served all of Loomis's term as acting governor.
Loomis married Florence Marie Ely on June 22, 1918. They had three children.