M. J. Cleary

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M. J. Cleary (September 23, 1877 - February 23, 1947) was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and President of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Biography and career[edit]

Cleary was born on September 23, 1877 in Moscow, Wisconsin.[1] He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Cleary was elected to the Assembly in 1906 and re-elected in 1908.[2] He was a Republican.

He was an attorney, and worked in insurance and banking in Blanchardville, Wisconsin. He also spent two years as the Chairman of the County Board of Lafayette County, Wisconsin.[1]

He served as Commissioner of Insurance from July 1, 1915 to April 10, 1919.[3] During World War I, he organized a "far reaching and effective food conservation campaign" with a "corps of 125 insurance agents."[4]

He became President of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.[5] He also served as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin and of the Board of Governors of Marquette University.[6]