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LENROOT, Irvine Luther

1869–1949

Biography

LENROOT, Irvine Luther, A Representative and a Senator from Wisconsin; born in Superior, Wis., January 31, 1869 ; attended the common schools; worked as a logger and a court reporter; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice in Superior, Wis.; member, State assembly 1901-1907, and served as speaker 1903-1907; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until April 17, 1918, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on April 2, 1918, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Paul O. Husting; reelected in 1920 and served from April 18, 1918, to March 3, 1927; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926; chairman, Committee on Railroads (Sixty-sixth Congress), Committee on Public Lands and Surveys (Sixty-eighth Congress), Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Sixty-ninth Congress); resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; appointed judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals by President Herbert Hoover in 1929, and served until his retirement in 1944; died in Washington, D.C., January 26, 1949; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, Wis.

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External Research Collections

Senator Lenroot discarded most of his papers.

Georgia Historical Society

Savannah, GA
Papers: Correspondence in Meldrim family papers, 1809-1973.

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Papers: 1920-1927, 1933. 4 folders.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1890-1964 (bulk 1900-1944). 34 containers. Correspondence, biographical material, legal papers, speeches, articles, political and subject files, reports, scrapbooks, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and photographs chiefly relating to campaigns, political activities, and his role in the Wisconsin Progressive movement. Includes a draft (1948) of his unpublished memoirs. Finding aid.

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library

Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Olympia Brown papers, ca. 1849-1963, available on 9 microfilm reels.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In Herman Lewis Ekern papers, 1888-1944; ca. 40 letters in Edwin J. Gross papers, 1902-1944; Herbert F. Margulies' unpublished typescript (no date) of "Progressivism, patriotism and politics: the life and times of Irvine L. Lenroot;" in Albert J. O'Melia papers, 1911-1962; Richard Theodore Ely papers, 1812-1963; and Connor Lumber and Land Company Records, 1872-1982.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library

Syracuse, NY
Papers: In William Sulzer correspondence, 1898-1941.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In William Kent family papers, 1768-1961.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Griffith, Robert. "Prelude to Insurgency: Irvine L. Lenroot and the Republican Primary of 1908." Wisconsin Magazine of History 49 (Autumn 1965): 16-28.

Kennedy, Padraic M. "Lenroot, La Follette, and the Campaign of 1906." Wisconsin Magazine of History 42 (Spring 1959): 163-74.

Lenroot, Irvine L. "Congress and the Constitution." Marquette Law Review 7 (June 1923): 181-91.

___. "Disarmament and the Present Outlook for Peace." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 126 (July 1926): 142-45.

Margulies, Herbert F. "The Collaboration of Herbert Hoover and Irvine Lenroot, 1921-1928." North Dakota Quarterly 45 (Summer 1977): 30-46.

___. "Irvine L. Lenroot and the Republican Vice-Presidential Nomination of 1920." Wisconsin Magazine of History 61 (Autumn 1977): 21-31.

___. Senator Lenroot of Wisconsin: A Political Biography, 1900-1929. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1977.

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