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"John Blaine's Great Faith in Self Made Him a Daring Politcal Man" (Milwaukee Journal April 17, 1934)

"Wisconsin's Former Governors" 1960 Wisconsin Blue Book


Vocabulary:

practicing
terms
compensation


Interesting Fact:

Blaine worked to reduce spending while govenor and was known as a "Tightwad Governor."


Study Questions:

  • Was Blaine considered a Progressive? Why or why not?
  • What was Blaine'd stance on prohibition?
  • What were the primary issues while Blaine was in the governor's office?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about John Blaine:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 4:

    1970: Four students are killed and nine wounded as National Guardsmen open fire on protesting students at Kent State.



  • May 4

    Wisconsin's Governors

    May 4, 1873: John J. Blaine, Wisconsin's 24th governor, was born on May 4, 1873, in Wingville, Grant County. Blaine studied law and began practicing at Boscobel in 1897. He soon was elected mayor of Boscobel and served four terms. He was elected to the state Senate in 1908 and 1910. He was very involved in the workman's compensation law. Blaine became attorney general in 1918 and was elected governor in 1920, serving three terms. He became a U. S. Senator in 1926, serving a single term. Died: April 16, 1934.


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