1936 – Governor Tony Earl Born

On this date was born in Lansing, Michigan to Russell and Ethlynne Scully Earl. Earl earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1958 and then studied law at the University of Chicago. After serving as a legal officer in the Navy, Earl and his family moved to Wausau, Wisconsin where he served as county assistant, district attorney, Wausau city attorney, and majority leader of the state assembly. He had been appointed secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration and secretary of the Department of Natural Resources before being elected governor in 1982. Tony Earl served as Wisconsin’s governor from 1983 until 1987. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams]