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"Reynolds was principled, progressive" by John Nichols, The Capital Times, Jan. 15, 2002.

"Reynolds' legacy is his support of equal rights" Wisconsin State Journal, Jan. 9, 2002



Interesting Fact:

As governor, Reynolds established the state's first Commission on Women and Council on the Arts.

Study Questions:

  • What elected offices did Reynolds' father and grandfather hold in Wisconsin?
  • With what political label is Reynolds identified? (conservative, liberal, progressive, etc.?)
  • When the Democratic Reynolds became governor in 1963 he faced a Republican-controlled Legislature. Who was the next governor to find himself in a similar situation?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 13:

    1918: President Woodrow Wilson becomes the first U.S. President to visit Europe while in office.

  • December 13

    Wisconsin's Governors:

    John Reynolds, Wisconsin's 36th governor, was born on April 4, 1921 in Green Bay. He received a Ph.B. degree in 1946 and a law degree in 1949 from the University of Wisconsin. Reynolds served in the Army during World War II. He was elected attorney general in 1958 and served two terms before being elected governor in 1962. Reynolds lost re-election in 1964 to Warren Knowles but was appointed a federal judge a year later. Died on Jan. 6, 2002.

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