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Tony Earl (Wikipedia)

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Read More About It

"Earl reflects on his four years" The Capital Times, Dec. 8, 1986

"Tony Earl, Government service is his forte" Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 31, 1982



Interesting Fact:

While a University of Chicago law student in 1960, Earl was a local organizer for John Kennedy's presidential campaign. Earl also spent four years in the Navy, including 2 1/2 years as a legal officer.

Study Questions:

  • What were the primary issues in the state while Earl was governor?
  • What does the job of secretary of the Department of Natural Resources entail?
  • Who defeated Earl for the governor's office in 1986?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on April 12:

    1861: Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter, starting the Civil War.
    1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies.

  • April 12

    Wisconsin Governors
    Anthony Earl, Wisconsin's 41st governor, was born on April 12, 1936 in Michigan. In 1965, Earl was appointed assistant district attorney for Marathon County and became the first full-time city attorney for Wausau. He served in the Legislature from 1969 until 1975. Earl served as the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Administration. Earl defeated Terry Kohler for governor in 1982, serving one term.

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