Barbara Thompson (politician)

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Barbara Thompson (October 15, 1924 – September 23, 2010) was an educator and the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin from 1973 to 1981.

Born in McFarland, Wisconsin and raised on a dairy and tobacco farm, the former Barbara Ruth Storck graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville in 1956 and received her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] Initially, Thompson started to teach in a one-room schoolhouse and was a school administrator.[2] She campaigned for the State Superintendent office, while recovering from a broken arm in 1973, and was the first woman to be elected to the office.[3] During her administration, the teachers in Hortonville, Wisconsin went on strike. Thompson also required teachers in Wisconsin to go through continuing education and to have their teachers licenses renewed once every five years. She died in Bradenton, Florida.[4]


  1. ^ The State of Wisconsin 1975 Blue Book, Biographical Sketch of Barbara Thompson, p. 6.
  2. ^ "Barbara Storck Thompson". Wisconsin State Journal. November 1, 1970. p. 78. Retrieved July 13, 2020 – via Open access icon
  3. ^ "Barbara Thompson Takes Oath Monday". The La Crosse Tribune. July 1, 1977. p. 14. Retrieved July 14, 2020 – via Open access icon
  4. ^ Obituary

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