1934 – Wisconsin Progressive Party Formally Organized

On this date Wisconsin’s Progressive Party was formally organized near 30 E. 2nd St. in Fond du Lac. It had begun as a “progressive” movement within the Wisconsin Republican Party more than 30 years before, and under leaders such as Robert M. LaFollette its brought national attention to Wisconsin. By the 1930s, a new generation of policy makers, many of whom had been trained under progressive Republicans, were advocating for reforms as part of Democrat Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs (see our page on the for an example). At the same time, a new generation of Republicans such as were advocating their own solutions to the nation’s problems. The organized a third party, the Wisconsin Progressive Party, to keep alive the traditions they valued. [Source: , edited by Sarah Davis McBride]