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A mind of her own : Helen Connor Laird and family, 1888-1982

Author: Helen Laird
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, Terrace Books, ©2006.
Series: Wisconsin land and life.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Laird, Helen, 1933-
Mind of her own.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, Terrace Books, c2006
(OCoLC)607714395
Named Person: Helen Connor Laird; O'Connor family.; Laird family.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Laird
ISBN: 0299214508 9780299214500
OCLC Number: 62089771
Description: xvii, 508 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: To Wisconsin --
Getting ahead --
Marshfield --
Laona --
A meeting of Titans: Robert La Follette and W.D. Connor --
Business, politics and family: 1906-1907 --
Risky business: 1908-1909 --
Promising years: 1909-1913 --
Melvin Robert Laird --
Illinois versus Wisconsin --
War: 1917-1919 --
Omaha: 1919-1923 --
The return: 1924-1931 --
Surviving losses: 1932-1936 --
The divided house: 1937-1939 --
Endings and beginnings: 1940-1944 --
Another ending, another beginning: 1945-1946 --
In a man's world: 1947-1950 --
Regent: 1951-1959 --
Family matters: 1951-1959 --
A different world: 1960-1968 --
The mother, the politician, and the professor: 1969-1974 --
Past and present: 1975-1979 --
Home: 1980-1982.
Series Title: Wisconsin land and life.
Responsibility: Helen Laird.
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"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.

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