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Hoan, Daniel Webster (12 March 1881–11 June 1961), socialist leader and mayor of Milwaukee, was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Daniel Webster Hoan, a well digger, and Margaret Hood. Upon completing seven years of school, he worked as a chef in Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Chicago hotels and restaurants. In 1901 he entered the University of Wisconsin as an “adult special” student. There he organized a Socialist society and regularly attended meetings of the Socialist party members of the state legislature. Following graduation in 1905, Hoan opened a restaurant in Chicago and attended night classes at Kent College of Law, passing bar examinations in Illinois and Wisconsin in 1908. In the following year he married Agnes Bernice Magner; they had two children before her death in 1941....

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Seidel, George Lukas Emil (13 December 1864–24 June 1947), first Socialist mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was born in Ashland, Pennsylvania, the son of Prussian immigrants, Otto Carl Ferdinand Seidel, a carpenter, and Henrietta Christine Frederika Knoll. The eldest of eleven children, Seidel attended school in Milwaukee until the age of thirteen, when he was apprenticed as a woodcarver. A modest, earnest, and unassuming individual, he was soon active in the labor movement and became a representative of the local Wood Carvers Association of the Knights of Labor. From 1886 to 1892 he lived in Berlin, where he perfected his craft and joined the German Socialist Democratic party. On his return to Milwaukee, he worked as an industrial patternmaker. In 1895 he married Lucy Geissel; they had two children....