SCHEDULE 14A
                SCHEDULE 14A INFORMATION

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of 
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            Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement:  

            Wisconsin Coalition for Responsible Investment

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          INDEPENDENT SHAREHOLDERS' PROXY SOLICITATION

                             For the

               1994 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
                OF BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION

WISCONSIN COALITION                BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION 
FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT         12301 W. Wirth Street
1015 N. 9th Street                 Wauwatosa, WI 53227
Milwaukee, WI 53233
                                        
     The Wisconsin Coalition for Responsible Investment (WICRI)
furnishes this Proxy Statement in connection with its
solicitation of proxies for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of
Briggs & Stratton Corporation.      The United Paperworkers
International Union (UPIU) will assist the WICRI in soliciting
proxies, and will bear the cost of all solicitations.      The
meeting is now scheduled to be held at the Company's offices at
the above address on Wednesday, October 19, 1994, at 1:30 p.m. 
This statement is being released on or about September ___, 1994.
Proxies solicited with this Proxy Statement will be used for the
following purposes:

1.  To vote upon five shareholder proposals on the following
subjects:  (1) elimination of the Company's "poison pill;" (2)
shareholder approval of golden parachutes; (3) establishment of
an independent Chairman of the Board; (4) declassifying the Board
of Directors; and (5) establishing a shareholder advisory
committee;

2.  To elect former Wisconsin Banking Commissioner William P.
Dixon as a Director to serve a three-year term expiring in 1997;

3.  To vote upon a proposal to amend the Company's Articles of
Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of
common stock.

PLEASE COMPLETE, DATE, AND SIGN THE ENCLOSED GOLD PROXY CARD AND
                MAIL IT IN THE ENVELOPE PROVIDED.


                    THE SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS

     This year, several shareholder proposals call for changes in
Briggs and Stratton's corporate governance.  The full text of
each proposal is included in the Company's proxy statement, and
incorporated herein by reference.     Each proposal is put forth
by a different employee-shareholder of the Company who is a
member of UPIU.      The following is a summary of each proposal:

     1) Revoke the Poison Pill - The Company has a so-called
"shareholder rights agreement," or "poison pill," which gives
current shareholders the opportunity to buy new additional shares
in the event any person or group attempts to acquire more than
20% of the Company's shares.  The poison pill is a notorious
anti-takeover device designed to discourage tender offers from
outsiders.  The proposal calls for the Company to cancel the pill
absent shareholder approval of a poison pill.

     2) Shareholder Vote on Golden Parachutes - The Company
currently has at least 15 "change in control" agreements,
providing for severance payments in the event certain executives
quit or are discharged following a change in control.  The
proposal provides that such golden parachutes be subject to
shareholder approval.

     3) Independent Chairman of the Board - The current Chairman
of the Board of Directors is Frederick P. Stratton, Jr., who is
also the Chief Executive Officer.  The proposal recommends that
the Chairman be elected from among independent outside directors
in order to better hold management accountable.

     4) Declassifying the Board of Directors - Currently, the
Board of Directors is divided into three classes, each serving
staggered three-year terms.  This means that it would take three
separate annual elections to replace the entire Board.  The
proposal calls for the entire Board to stand for election
annually.  We believe this would make the Company more
accountable to shareholders.

     5) Shareholder Advisory Committee - This proposal calls for
an advisory committee of shareholders to oversee the actions of
the Board of Directors.  The committee would also provide a
mechanism for shareholders to make recommendations to the Board.

     These five proposals are all designed to make corporate
officers and the Board of Directors more accountable to the
shareholders.  We believe the poison pill, the classified Board
of Directors, and the golden parachute agreements artificially
depress the Company's stock price by discouraging takeover
attempts.  Furthermore, by making it more difficult to dislodge
current management, these devices can lead management to lose
touch with shareholders.  

     Management suggests that a classified Board and the poison
pill are necessary to ensure that any person seeking to acquire
control of the company negotiates with management instead of
going directly to the shareholders -- meaning management believes
that shareholders can't be trusted to make their own decisions
about what is in their best interest.


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     The proposals for creating an independent Board Chairman and
creating a shareholders advisory committee are both designed to
make management accountable in ways we believe more meaningful
than an annual shareholders meeting.  Former SEC Chairman Harold
M. Williams has suggested that a company's CEO should not be its
Chairman of the Board because management should not control the
substance and process of Board deliberations.  The Board is
supposed to evaluate and review the CEO's performance.  In order
to carry out this function properly, the Board should have a
strong independent leader.  

     The proposal for a shareholder advisory committee provides a
formal mechanism through which shareholders can convey their
views to the Board in a timely way.

       THE WISCONSIN COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT
   RECOMMENDS THAT SHAREHOLDERS VOTE FOR ALL FIVE RESOLUTIONS


                  WILLIAM P. DIXON FOR DIRECTOR

     Although Briggs and Stratton has been profitable, that
profitability has not translated into shareholder value.  One
possible explanation for this is that the company's highly
confrontational labor policies may make investors uneasy.  For
example, on May 17, 1994, the Company announced plans to lay off
2,000 workers in Milwaukee and move those jobs to other sites. 
   The Milwaukee Sentinel (5/19/94) and the Milwaukee Journal
(5/18/94) both editorialized that the Company handled the layoff
announcements in a "shabby" manner.  
    
   The Sentinel observed
that the announcement was "symbolic of the depth to which labor-
management relations had sunk" at the Company.  Stock prices are,
of course, influenced by numerous factors.  Nevertheless, the
stock price fell sharply in the weeks following the announcement,
from $80 3/8 to a low of $66 1/2 on July 1.  Although the price
has recovered somewhat, as of September 13 the stock still had
not reached the pre-announcement price, closing at $75.    

     Bill Dixon supports enlightened labor-management relations,
based on cooperation rather than confrontation.  Dixon's
candidacy also gives shareholders an opportunity to vote for a
highly-qualified independent director, rather than settling for
the Board's own hand-picked candidates.  By limiting the
shareholders choice to candidates selected by the current Board,
management entrenches itself and insulates itself from critical
review.  Dixon will provide shareholders with a truly independent
voice on the Board.  


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                       WHO IS BILL DIXON?

     Bill Dixon is former Commissioner of Banking for the State
of Wisconsin.  He has also served as United States Alternate
Executive Director to the World Bank, as Chief of Staff to a U.S.
Senator and general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Banking, and as a member of the Wisconsin Governor's
Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethics and Lobbying.  Since 1989, Dixon
has been a partner in the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill &
Galland in Madison, Wisconsin.     Dixon, who is 50 years old,
owns ten shares of the Company's common stock.  Dixon has no
arrangements or understandings with any person or organization
concerning his nomination to the Board.    
 
     Dixon recognizes that the Company's growth and performance
depend upon the commitment of its employees, and in order to
retain that commitment the Company must treat its employees with
respect.  Instead of treating its workers as replaceable parts,
the Company must recognize that its greatest asset is an
efficient, dedicated highly-trained work force.  In order to
maximize shareholder value, everyone at the Company must work
together.  Dixon believes that by instilling an atmosphere of
cooperation and mutual respect, the Company can compete in global
markets without turning its back on American workers.

     Three of the nine seats on the Company's Board of Directors
are up for election at this year's meeting.  The Company's
nominees for these seats are set forth at page 5 of its proxy
statement, and incorporated herein by reference.  

             INCREASING THE AUTHORIZED COMMON STOCK

     The Board has proposed that the shareholders amend the
Company's articles of incorporation to authorize the Company to
increase the number of shares of common stock issued to
60,000,000 shares.  On pages 17 and 18 of the Company's proxy
statement, the Board sets forth the resolution and reasons for
adopting it.     That discussion is incorporated herein by
reference.    

     Unless otherwise directed on the enclosed Proxy, the persons
named therein will vote for the resolution amending the Articles
of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of
common stock.

                  VOTING AND REVOCATION RIGHTS

     The Company's Board of Directors has fixed the close of
business on August 26, 1994 as the record date for determining
the shareholders of the Company entitled to notice of and to vote
at the Meeting and at any adjournment thereof.  As of the record
date, the Company had outstanding 14,463,500 shares of common
stock.  Each holder of record of common stock on the record date
is entitled to one vote for each share on every matter submitted
to the Meeting.  A shareholder who executes the enclosed proxy
has the power to revoke it at any time before its exercise.  An
executed proxy may be revoked either by a later-dated proxy
concerning the same matters, by voting in person at the Meeting,
or by giving notice of revocation in writing to Briggs & Stratton
Corporation c/o Robert H. Eldridge, Secretary of the Company 

     Proper execution of the enclosed Proxy will revoke a
previously executed proxy delivered to the Company.  

     If you do not specifically instruct us otherwise, your
shares will be voted FOR William P. Dixon for election as a
director and FOR the shareholder resolutions and FOR the
Company's proposal to increase the number of authorized shares of
common stock.

     WICRI knows of no other business to be presented to the
Meeting, but if other matters do properly come before the
Meeting, the persons named in the enclosed Proxy will use their
discretion to vote on such matters in accordance with their best
judgment.

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF MANAGEMENT AND CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS

         WICRI incorporates by reference the discussion of
these     matters contained on pages 7-8 of the Company's 1994
Proxy Statement.

               SUBMISSION OF SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS

     Federal securities rules require the Company to include
certain shareholder proposals and supporting statements in the
Company's Proxy Statement.  If any shareholder wishes to have a
proposal included in the Company's 1995 Proxy Statement, the
proposal and supporting statement must be received by the Company
on or before May 11, 1995.  Shareholder proposals should be
directed to Robert H. Eldridge, Secretary of the Company, 12301
West Wirth Street, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53222.

                         VOTING PROCEDURES
                         
     WICRI incorporates by reference the discussion of voting
procedures contained on page 4 of the Company's 1994 proxy
statement.    

            INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS SOLICITATION

     The Wisconsin Coalition for Responsible Investment (WICRI)
is an unincorporated association of churches and religious orders
concerned with issues of corporate responsibility.  WICRI is a
local affiliate of the Interfaith Center for Corporate
Responsibility.  WICRI owns no shares of the Company's stock.
WICRI expects to solicit proxies pursuant to this Proxy Statement
through the mail, by telephone, and/or through personal
interviews.  WICRI will also request brokers, custodians, or
other nominees to forward solicitation materials to beneficial
owners of common stock, and such persons will be reimbursed for
their reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.  The United Paperworkers
International Union (UPIU) will assist the WICRI in soliciting
proxies, and will bear the cost of all proxy solicitations. 
Regular employees and officers of UPIU may solicit proxies
personally and by telephone.  No specially-engaged employees will
be employed to solicit shareholders.  UPIU's affiliate, Local
7232, is the collective bargaining representative of
approximately 5,400 Company employees at four facilities in the 
Milwaukee area.  The employees at these facilities are under
contract through July 31, 1995.  Hundreds of UPIU members
employed by the Company own stock in the Company.  William P.
Dixon is not employed by and has no understanding or agreement
with either WICRI or UPIU.  

     WICRI does not know the exact cost of solicitation at this
time, but anticipates that it will not exceed $10,000.  Total
expenditures to date, have been approximately $2,000.  Unlike
management, WICRI and UPIU will not seek reimbursement for the
solicitation costs from the Company.  


     PLEASE PROMPTLY COMPLETE, DATE, AND SIGN THE ENCLOSED 
      GOLD PROXY CARD AND MAIL IT IN THE ENVELOPE PROVIDED.

     If your shares are held in the name of a broker, bank, or
nominee, only it can sign a proxy card to vote your shares and
only upon receipt of your specific instructions to do so. 
Accordingly, please contact the person responsible for your
account and give him or her the appropriate instructions to
execute the GOLD proxy card.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ASSISTANCE IN VOTING YOUR
SHARES, PLEASE TELEPHONE [number].


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           PROXY SOLICITED BY WISCONSIN COALITION FOR 
                     RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT

                  PROXY/VOTING INSTRUCTION CARD

             BRIGGS & STRATTON CORP. ANNUAL MEETING
                        OCTOBER 19, 1994

PLEASE FILL OUT CARD, DATE, SIGN & RETURN PROMPTLY USING THE
ENVELOPE PROVIDED.

     The undersigned hereby appoints _____________ as proxy, with
full power of substitution, to vote as designated all of the
undersigned's Briggs & Stratton stock at the annual meeting on
October 19, 1994, and at any adjournments.  Any prior proxy or
voting instruction is hereby revoked.

     This card, when properly executed, will be voted in the
manner directed by the undersigned.  If no direction is made, it
will be voted FOR William P. Dixon's election, FOR all proposals
below and in the discretion of the proxy holder on any other
matters that may properly come before the meeting.  WICRI
recommends a vote FOR Dixon's election, and FOR all proposals.

1.   Election of Directors.
     
     FOR nominee William P. Dixon  [  ]
     WITHHOLD AUTHORITY to vote for William P. Dixon [  ]

2.   Stockholder proposal to revoke poison pill. 
     FOR [  ]   AGAINST [  ]   ABSTAIN [  ]

3.   Stockholder proposal re: golden parachute agreements.
     FOR [  ]   AGAINST [  ]   ABSTAIN [  ]

4.   Stockholder proposal for independent board chairman.
     FOR [  ]   AGAINST [  ]   ABSTAIN [  ]

5.   Stockholder proposal for annual election of all directors.
     FOR [  ]   AGAINST [  ]   ABSTAIN [  ]

6.   Stockholder proposal for shareholder advisory committee.
     FOR [  ]   AGAINST [  ]   ABSTAIN [  ]

7.   Proposal to amend Articles of Incorporation to increase
     authorized shares.
     FOR [  ]   AGAINST [  ]   ABSTAIN [  ]

Signature(s):__________________________________

Dated: ________________________________________

Please sign exactly as name appears on registered shares.  When
signing as an authorized corporate officer, attorney, executor,
administrator, trustee, or guardian, please add title.