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Vocabulary:

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Interesting Fact:

A violent strike took place at the Kohler Company in 1934. Two strikers were killed and 47 wounded.


Study Questions:

  • What is the Kohler Village?
  • What were Walter Kohler's feelings toward labor unions?
  • What were the major accomplishments of Kohler's term as governor?


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    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 3:

    1845: Florida becomes the 27th state admitted to the Union.
    1849: The Territory of Minnesota is created.
    1931: The Star-Spangled Banner is officially recognized as the national anthem.



  • March 3

    Wisconsin's Governors:
    Walter Kohler, Wisconsin's 26th governor, was born in Sheboygan in 1875. His father was the founder of the
    Kohler Company. Kohler left school at age fifteen to work in his father's business, eventually becoming president and chairman of the board. He was appointed to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents in 1924 and became governor in 1928. Kohler served only one term, losing to Philip La Follette in 1930. Died: April 21, 1940.


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