1972 – Socialist Leader Otto Hauser Dies

On this date former Baptist minister and Milwaukee Socialist leader, Otto Robert Hauser, died in Madison. Hauser was born in Tubingen, Germany, on May 11, 1886 and immigrated to the United States in 1906. In Chicago, he found employment with Marshall Field & Co., and attended the University of Chicago Theological Seminary. In 1915 he accepted a call to the First German Baptist Church in Milwaukee where he remained until late 1927, when he resigned to enter politics. In 1916 Hauser joined the Socialist Party. He held a variety of posts in the party including serving as director of the "Milwaukee Leader." Between 1932 and 1940, Hauser was secretary to Milwaukee’s Socialist mayor, Daniel W. Hoan. In 1945 Hauser helped to organize American Relief for Germany, and served as the organization’s president from 1945 to 1951. Hauser’s fundraising efforts enabled American Relief for Germany to send approximately $3.5 million in aid. In appreciation, the German Federal Republic awarded him the Cross of Merit in 1956. [Source: ]