1862 – John R. Commons Born

On this date was born in Hollandsburg, Ohio. As a young man he took an interest in many reform movements, including temperance, the single tax movement and socialism. Commons, Professor of Political Economy, joined the UW faculty in 1904. During Wisconsin’s second era of Progressivism in the 1920s, Commons formulated a model and promoted it in the Legislature. His efforts bore fruit in 1931 when Wisconsin enacted the first such system in the nation. He spent the remainder of his career completing a history of labor in the United States. John R. Commons died on May 11, 1945. [Source: ]