La Follette Grave Markers Restored and Rededicated - Madison Sept 11

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La Follette Grave Markers Restored and Rededicated


On Saturday September 11 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road, Madison, Wisconsin, The Progressive magazine (founded in 1909 by the La Follettes) will be hosting an unveiling of the newly restored gravesite markers for Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La Follette and his spouse and political partner Belle Case La Follette.


At the mercy of time and the elements, the original grave markers had begun to deteriorate. Working together with DiRienzo Monuments in Madison, and with funding from the Governor Nelson Dewey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, we have obtained new lettering to replace the damaged components. These have been professionally installed, and will be unveiled in a ceremony on September 11, 2021.


Speakers at the event will include Norman Stockwell, publisher of The Progressive; John Nichols of the Capital Times; La Follette family members Tavia La Follette and Rebecca La Follette-Taylor; plus other guests. The event will also feature music by The Raging Grannies, including the debut of a new song about Belle Case La Follette by award-winning songwriter Si Kahn.


Robert Marion "Fighting Bob" La Follette Sr. (June 14, 1855 – June 18, 1925) was an American lawyer and politician. He represented Wisconsin in both chambers of Congress and served as the Governor of Wisconsin. A Republican for most of his career, he ran for President of the United States as the nominee of his own Progressive Party in the 1924 presidential election. Historian John D. Buenker describes La Follette as "the most celebrated figure in Wisconsin history".


Belle Case La Follette (April 21, 1859 – August 18, 1931) was a women's suffrage, peace, and Civil Rights activist in Wisconsin and the United States. She worked with the women's peace party during World War I. At the time of her death in 1931, The New York Times called her "probably the least known yet most influential of all American women who have had to do with public affairs in this country."


The Progressive magazine was founded on January 9, 1909 originally as La Follette’s Weekly. In December, 1929, the name was changed to The Progressive, it still publishes to this day. The Progressive is available as a bi-monthly print magazine, and online at


Elizabeth D. Miller 

Office Manager and Progressive Perspectives Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers


PO Box 1021, Madison, WI 53701

931 E. Main Street, Suite 10, Madison, Wisconsin 53703