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SAUTHOFF, Harry, A Representative from Wisconsin; born in Madison, Dane County, Wis., June 3, 1879; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1902; taught school at Lake Geneva (Wis.) High School 1902-1905 and at Northern Illinois State Normal School at De Kalb in 1905 and 1906; was graduated from the law department of the University of Wisconsin in 1909; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Madison, Wis.; district attorney of Dane County, Wis., 1915-1919; secretary to Gov. John J. Blaine in 1921; delegate to the International Conference on the St. Lawrence Deep Waterway between the United States and Canada, in 1921, and to the Mississippi Valley Conference on Mississippi River Improvement, in 1921; served in the State senate 1925-1929; elected as a Progressive to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; elected to the Seventy-seventh and Seventy-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1945); was not a candidate for renomination in 1944, but was unsuccessful for election to the United States Senate on the Progressive ticket; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1955; died in Madison, Wis., on June 16, 1966; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: 1919-1929, 1.6 cubic feet. The papers document Harry Sauthoff's work as a lawyer, Dane County, Wisconsin, district attorney, and state senator. Included is a small file of general correspondence, materials on legal cases, legislative papers, and files from the 1924 La Follette for President Committee of which Sauthoff was secretary. A major portion of the collection focuses on an investigation by the Wisconsin Railroad Commission's Securities Division of the sale of bonds and securities by the investment firm of Wildeman and Company. Sauthoff represented Wildeman. Another portion concerns the Smith-Ekern inquiry of 1925, a state senate investigation chaired by Sauthoff concerning charges by the Commissioner of Insurance, W. Stanley Smith, against Attorney General Herman L. Ekern for negligence in prosecuting cases. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Herman Lewis Ekern Papers, 1872-1954, 36.4 cubic feet.. Correspondents include Harry Sauthoff.
Papers: In the Edwin J. Gross Papers, 1902-1956, 1 cubic foot. Correspondents include Harry Sauthoff.
Papers: In the Frank W. Kuehl Papers, ca. 1896-1981, 30.8 cubic feet. Correspondents include Harry Sauthoff.
Papers: In the William F. Lorenz Papers, 1914-1953, 3.6 cubic feet. Correspondents include Harry Sauthoff.
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