|Name||James O. Davidson|
, Wisconsin , United States
|| February 10, 1854
|| December 16, 1922
Jun 21, 2007 09:06pm
|Info||James Ole Davidson (February 10, 1854 – December 16, 1922) was the 21st governor of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. |
Davidson was born in Sogn, Norway, and emigrated to the United States when he was 18 years old. He was twice elected village president of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, which led him to the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving three terms as a Republican from 1893 to 1899. He was elected Wisconsin state treasurer in 1898 and 1900. In 1902, and again in 1904, Davidson was elected lieutenant governor alongside governor Robert M. La Follette, Sr. On January 1, 1906, La Follette resigned to join the United States Senate, making Davidson acting governor. He was elected governor in 1906 and reelected in 1908.
Davidson died in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 68 due to pneumonia and heart complications.