1859 – Belle Case La Follette Born

On this date was born in the village of Summit, Juneau County. She was an outstanding student and entered the University of Wisconsin in 1875, where she met her future husband, Robert M. La Follette. Belle taught school in Baraboo while Robert completed law school at UW. Upon his graduation, they were married and settled in Madison. A lifetime activist, she was the first woman to graduate from Wisconsin University Law School and the first woman to be admitted to the bar. She was a friend of Carrie Chapman Catt, a member of many national suffrage organizations, and remembered as a clever politician and worthy advisor to her husband and sons, Robert M. La Follette Jr. and Philip F. La Follette. [Source: ]