Kohler, Walter J., Jr.

Kohler, Walter J. (Jodok), Jr.

(1904–76) governor; born in Sheboygan, Wis. Starting as an engineer in his father's plumbing appliance company in 1924—his father also served as governor of Wisconsin (1929–31)—he became the Kohler company director in 1936, and director of Volrath, stainless steel manufacturer, in 1940. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he went on to serve as governor of Wisconsin, (Rep., 1951–57); he instituted programs to reduce dairy cattle disease, returning to business afterward.
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