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.