Wilder W. Crane, Jr.

Quick Facts

IntroMember of the Wisconsin State Assembly
Was Politician
From United States of America
Type Politics
Birth7 April 1928
Death 7 December 1985
(aged 57 years)
Star signAries
PoliticsRepublican Party
Harvard University
Carleton College


Wilder William Crane, Jr. (April 7, 1928 – December 7, 1985) was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.


Crane was born on April 7, 1928 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He initially worked as a lumberjack. His father owned Crane Lumber in Chippewa Falls. After serving in the state Assembly, he worked as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He graduated from Carlton College and received his masters from Harvard University. Crane said that the county businessmen who gave him an Ivy League education expected him to serve in the Assembly as a “return on their investment.”

Political career

Crane was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1957 to 1958. He was a Republican. Among his actions as a legislator, he introduced a bill to the Assembly in 1957 that would permit publishing the names of juvenile offenders, and he opposed a 1957 resolution honoring Joseph McCarthy.


Crane wrote a book on Wisconsin state politics which he used for his state politics course.