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Victor L. Berger

AKA Victor Luitpold Berger

Born: 28-Feb-1860
Birthplace: Nieder Rebbach, Austria-Hungary
Died: 7-Aug-1929
Location of death: Milwaukee, WI
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile [1]
Remains: Buried, Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician, Editor
Party Affiliation: See Note [2]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Socialist Rep. from Wisconsin

First Socialist elected to US Congress. Indicted in 1918 under the wartime Espionage Act for his opposition to the First World War, and was convicted by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The verdict was overturned in 1921 by the Supreme Court.

[1] Streetcar accident.

[2] Founder of the Social Democratic Party, 1900, which merged with the Socialist Party of America, 1901.

Wife: Meta Schlichting

    University: University of Budapest
    University: University of Vienna

    US Congressman, Wisconsin (1923-29)
    Inmate: Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary (1919-21)
    Sedition convicted 1918, later overturned
    US Congressman, Wisconsin special election 1919, House refused to seat him
    US Congressman, Wisconsin elected 1918, House refused to seat him
    US Congressman, Wisconsin 1911-13
    City Council Milwaukee, WI (1910)
    The Milwaukee Leader Editor (1911-29)
    Social Democratic Herald Editor (1901-13)
    Wahrheit Editor
    Milwaukee Daily Vorwaerts Editor (1892-98)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1878

Author of books:
100 Years--For What? Being the Addresses of Victor L. Berger, Adolph Germer, J. Louis Engdahl, William F. Kruse, and Irwin St. John Tucker to the Court that Sentenced them to Serve 100 Years in Prison (1919)
Voice and Pen of Victor L. Berger: Congressional Speeches and Editorials (1929)

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