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Irvine Luther Lenroot (January 31, 1869 – January 26, 1949) was a United States Representative and United States Senator from Wisconsin and an Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.

Irvine Lenroot
Irvine Luther Lenroot, half-length portrait, seated, facing front LCCN97511539 (cropped).jpg
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
In office
May 17, 1929 – April 30, 1944
Appointed byHerbert Hoover
Preceded byOrion Metcalf Barber
Succeeded byAmbrose O'Connell
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
April 18, 1918 – March 3, 1927
Preceded byPaul O. Husting
Succeeded byJohn J. Blaine
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1909 – April 17, 1918
Preceded byJohn J. Jenkins
Succeeded byAdolphus Peter Nelson
Personal details
Born
Irvine Luther Lenroot

(1869-01-31)January 31, 1869
Superior, Wisconsin
DiedJanuary 26, 1949(1949-01-26) (aged 79)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery
Superior, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican
EducationParsons Business College
read law

Education and careerEdit

Born on January 31, 1869, in Superior, Wisconsin, Lenroot attended the common schools, then attended Parsons Business College in Duluth, Minnesota and read law in 1897.[1] He was a logger and reporter for the Douglas County, Wisconsin Superior Court from 1893 to 1906.[2] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Superior in 1898.[2] He was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1901 to 1907, serving as Speaker from 1903 to 1907.[2]

Congressional serviceEdit

Lenroot was elected as a Republican from the 11th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 61st United States Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until April 17, 1918, when he resigned, having been elected Senator.[1] He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on April 2, 1918, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Senator Paul O. Husting.[3][4] He was reelected in 1920 and served from April 18, 1918, to March 3, 1927.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926.[1] He was Chairman of the Committee on Railroads in the 66th United States Congress, Committee on Public Lands and Surveys in the 68th United States Congress and the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds in the 69th United States Congress.[1] He resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. from 1927 to 1929.[2]

1920 Republican ConventionEdit

Lenroot attended the 1920 Republican National Convention at the Chicago Coliseum, and after the selection of Harding as the nominee for President, party leaders decided that the progressive Lenroot would be a balance to a ticket with the more conservative Harding. By Saturday night, June 12, many of the delegates had gone home, along with most of the party bosses. After Lenroot's name had been placed in nomination and seconded but before a vote could be taken, an Oregon delegate, Wallace McCamant,[5] nominated Coolidge for vice president.[6] Unfettered by party bosses, the delegates weighed in for Coolidge, who received 674 votes to Lenroot's 146, and won on the first ballot.

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Lenroot was nominated by President Herbert Hoover on April 22, 1929, to an Associate Judge seat on the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals vacated by Associate Judge Orion Metcalf Barber.[2] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 17, 1929, and received his commission the same day.[2] His service terminated on April 30, 1944, due to his retirement.[2] He died on January 26, 1949, in Washington, D.C.[2] He was interred in Greenwood Cemetery in Superior.[1] The Associated Press report of his death began, "Former Senator Irvine L. Lenroot of Wisconsin, the man who might have been the 30th President of the United States, died Wednesday night."[7]

PersonalEdit

Lenroot married Clara Clough of Superior, who wrote a short memoir of her girlhood in Wisconsin in the 1860s and 1870s.[8] His daughter, Katharine Lenroot, was known for successfully lobbying for the Fair Labor Standards Act and the enforcing of child labor laws.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f United States Congress. "Irvine Lenroot (id: L000241)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Lenroot, Irvine Luther - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  3. ^ "Wisconsin History". Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Lenagh to Leonad". Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  5. ^ politicalgraveyard.com
  6. ^ Sol Barzman, Madmen and Geniuses: The Vice-Presidents of the United States, pp198-199 (Follett Publishing, 1974)
  7. ^ "Irvine Lenroot, Ex-Senator, Dies", Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, January 27, 1949, p. 5.
  8. ^ Clara C. Lenroot. Long, Long Ago. Appleton, Wis.: Badger Printing Co., 1929.
  9. ^ Current Biography 1940

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