Bronson La Follette

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Bronson La Follette
36th and 39th
Wisconsin Attorney General
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1969
Preceded by George Thompson
Succeeded by Robert W. Warren
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1987
Preceded by Victor A. Miller
Succeeded by Don Hanaway
Personal details
Born Bronson Cutting La Follette
(1936-02-02) February 2, 1936 (age 81)
Washington, D.C., United States
Political party Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Spouse(s) Barbara La Follette
Children 2
Residence Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin Law School
Profession Lawyer

Bronson Cutting La Follette (born February 2, 1936) was Attorney General of the state of Wisconsin. La Follette was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin in 1968.


Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the US Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and Rachel Wilson Young, and the grandson of Senator Robert M. La Follette, Sr., all of Wisconsin. He was named in memory of former Senator Bronson Cutting of New Mexico, a close family friend who died in an airplane crash in 1935.[1]


La Follette received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1958 and a law degree in 1960.[2] He worked in private practice until 1962, when he began serving as an Assistant US Attorney.[3]

In 1964 he was elected Wisconsin Attorney General and served for two consecutive two-year terms, and then three consecutive four-year terms from 1975 to 1987.[2] He challenged the incumbent Republican Governor Warren P. Knowles in the 1968 Wisconsin gubernatorial election and lost.[3] He ran for and was again elected Attorney General in 1974. Despite a 1981 conviction for drunk driving (blowing .12 while the legal limit at the time was .10),[4] he was re-elected in 1982. After his 1986 defeat following an ethics investigation,[5] he retired from public service and now lives in Madison.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence (2013). "The La Follette Family of Wisconsin". Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Wisconsin Blue Book 1985–1986, Biographical Sketch of Bronson C. La Follette, pp. 6–7
  3. ^ a b "Inside Campaign '74: La Follette". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, WI. October 25, 1974. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Jack Craver, "Notable Wisconsinites No Strangers to OWI Charges", Capital Times, May 26, 2013
  5. ^ Peter Maller, "Boullion sees 'police state' tendency in La Follette ethics probe", Milwaukee Sentinel, September 19, 1986, p. 1
  6. ^ Biography from the Wisconsin Historical Society
Legal offices
Preceded by
George Thompson
Wisconsin Attorney General
Succeeded by
Robert W. Warren
Preceded by
Victor A. Miller
Wisconsin Attorney General
Succeeded by
Don Hanaway