Philip La Follette
- Category : 1897-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (6,36)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Defiance 1
American politician who served as the 27th and 29th Governor of Wisconsin (1931-1933, 1935-1939) and was one of the founders of the Wisconsin Progressive Party.
La Follette was a member of the politically prominent La Follette family. He was the son of Wisconsin Congressman, Governor, and U.S. Senator Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette, Sr., and Belle Case La Follette, brother of U.S. Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr., brother of Fola La Follette, whose husband was the playwright George Middleton, and uncle of Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette.
La Follette served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry in 1918, during World War I. He married Isabel Bacon (1898-1973) in 1923. They had three children.
He was first elected as a progressive member of the Republican Party in the 1930 election. After a defeat in the 1932 Republican Primary, however, La Follette, along with his brother, Robert M. La Follette, Jr., created the Wisconsin Progressive Party and both ran successfully under its ticket in 1934.
From 1955 to 1959, La Follette served as president of Hazeltine Electronics, and made his home in Douglaston, New York. He later returned to Wisconsin, wrote his autobiography, and was active in the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. He died in Madison, Wisconsin on 18 August 1965 at age 68.