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Author Laird, Helen, 1933-

Title A mind of her own : Helen Connor Laird and family, 1888-1982 / Helen Laird
Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, Terrace Books, ©2006


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 508 pages) : illustrations
Series Wisconsin land and life
Wisconsin land and life.
Contents List of Illustrations; Prologue; Acknowledgments; A Note on Some Family Names; 1. To Wisconsin; 2. Getting Ahead; 3. Marshfield; 4. Laona; 5. A Meeting of Titans: Robert La Follette and W.D. Connor; 6. Business, Politics, and Family: 1906-1907; 7. Risky Business: 1908-1909; 8. Promising Years: 1909-1913; 9. Melvin Robert Laird; 10. Illinois versus Wisconsin: 1913-1916; 11. War: 1917-1919 ; 12. Omaha: 1919-1923 ; 13. The Return: 1924-1931; 14. Surviving Losses: 1932-1936; 15. The Divided House: 1937-1939 ; 16. Endings and Beginnings: 1940-1944
17. Another Ending, Another Beginning: 1945-1946 18. In a Man's World: 1947-1950; 19. Regent: 1951-1959; 20. Family Matters: 1951-1959 ; 21. A Different World: 1960-1968 ; 22. The Mother, the Politician, and the Professor: 1969-1974 ; 23. Past and Present: 1975-1979; 24. Home: 1980-1982; Postscript; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary "Helen Connor Laird was the eldest child of William Duncan Connor, a major figure in Wisconsin's emerging hardwood lumber industry and in Wisconsin's turbulent turn-of-the-century political scene, instrumental in Robert La Follette's phenomenal success in the gubernatorial election of 1904 and his unsuccessful bid to gain Republican support for the 1912 presidential election." "Helen spent almost her entire ninety-three years in central and northern Wisconsin. Her vast reading and probing mind, however, connected her to the world, and her early life in frontier communities as well as her home influences, Presbyterian background, and education at Milwaukee Downer and the University of Wisconsin-Madison impelled her to lead. While engaging at times in the business that absorbed members of her competitive family and sharing with them an interest in politics, she pursued a life-long passion for education, serving on the University of Wisconsin board of regents in the 1950s. By the time her third son, Melvin R. Laird Jr., became secretary of defense in 1969, she had served in leadership positions in her community, district, and state even has her family had become one of Wisconsin's leading Republican dynasties."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-469) and index
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SUBJECT Laird, Helen Connor, 1888-1982.
O'Connor family.
Laird family.
Laird family. fast (OCoLC)fst00219835
Laird, Helen Connor, 1888-1982. fast (OCoLC)fst01610708
O'Connor family. fast (OCoLC)fst00216549
Subject Pioneers -- Wisconsin -- Biography
Frontier and pioneer life -- Wisconsin
Women political activists -- Wisconsin -- Biography
Political activists -- Wisconsin -- Biography
REFERENCE -- Genealogy & Heraldry.
Frontier and pioneer life.
Political activists.
Women political activists.
SUBJECT Wisconsin -- Biography
Subject Wisconsin.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005010204
ISBN 9780299214531