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Interesting Fact:

Schmedeman slipped and hurt his foot while dedicating Rib Mountain State Park at Wausau.

Study Questions:

  • What agricultural uprising occurred while Schmedeman was governor?
  • How did the Great Depression have an impact on Schmedeman's policies while governor?
  • Who was the last Democratic governor prior to Schmedeman and who was the next Democratic governor after Schmedeman?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on November 26:

    1825: Kapp Alpha, the first college fraternity, is founded.
    1832: Public streetcar service begins in New York City.
    1943: A German guided missile hits the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship, off the coast of Algeria, killing 1,015 Americans.

  • November 26

    Wisconsin's Governors:

    Albert Schmedeman, Wisconsin's 28th governor, died on this date in 1946. He was born on November 25, 1864, in Madison. He attended the Northwestern Business College and began working in a clothing store in Madison. Schmedeman was a member of the city council and board of education. In 1913 he was the treasurer for the Democratic State Committee and supported Woodrow Wilson for president. Wilson appointed Schmedeman Minister to Norway, a post he held for eight years. He served as Madison's mayor from 1925 until 1932, at which time he won the governorship. While campaigning for a second term, Schmedeman fell and hurt his foot. Gangrene developed and he lost his leg. His bid for re-election failed.

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