JFK+50: Volume 7, No. 2387SENATORS LA FOLLETTE & GRONNA ALIGN WITH PACIFISTS
New York City (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, July 31, 1917, the People's Council distributed a telegram from Senators Robert M. La Follette* of Wisconsin and A. J. Gronna of North Dakota in which they aligned themselves with the pacifist movement.
Senator LaFollette wrote in the telegram that the People's Council should "not be intimidated by...threats of war traders" and should start working to elect members of Congress who stand for repeal of "obnoxious laws."
"(The citizen) has the inalienable right to fight what he deems is wrongful public policy."
*Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette, Sr. (1855-1925) was born in Primrose, Wisconsin & graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1879. He passed the bar in 1880. RML served in the USHR 1885-1891, as Governor of Wisconsin, & was US Senator 1906-1925.
Fighting Bob was the nominee of the Progressive Party for POTUS in 1924 & won 17% of the national popular vote. A 1957 Senate committee chose him as one of the 5 greatest U.S. Senators.
"Two Senators Aligned With Peace Seekers," The Chicago Daily Tribune, August 1, 1917.