Orland Steen Loomis

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Orland Steen Loomis
Born November 2, 1893
Mauston, Wisconsin
Died December 7, 1942 (aged 49)
Resting place Mauston, Wisconsin
Education law school
Occupation Attorney, politician
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
Children three

Orland Steen "Spike" Loomis (November 2, 1893 – December 7, 1942) was an American lawyer and governor-elect of Wisconsin. He was born in Mauston, Wisconsin and was a member of the Progressive Party.

Loomis received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1917. He was stationed in France during World War I,[1] 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.[2]

Orland Steen Loomis was buried in Mauston. Loomis Road (WIS 36) in Milwaukee County is named after him.

Loomis married Florence Marie Ely on June 22, 1918. They had three children.

In 1943, the Liberty Ship SS Orland Loomis was named after him.[1]


  1. ^ a b togetherweserved.com – 1LT Orland Steen Loomis. Retrieved August 6, 2013
  2. ^ Orland S. Loomis, WHi-2771. Wisconsinhistory.org (December 7, 1942). Retrieved on 2016-01-22.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James E. Finnegan
Attorney General of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
John E. Martin