Interviewed by Bob Brown on June 8, 2005. Bennett begins by discussing his childhood in the Depression and drought era in Scobey, Montana, mentioning the desperation that led to the election of communists in the '30s. He talks about the rise of the Farmers Union in Montana and the business of farming in the state; the issue of press control by the Anaconda Company; and his involvement in Lee Metcalf's political campaigns. He contrasts Metcalf and Mansfield, describes his involvement in Forest Anderson's campaign and discusses other Montana politicians he has known. Gordon Bennett is a district judge and public servant.
Metcalf, Lee, 1911-1978; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001; Montana Farmers Union; Anaconda Company; Agriculture; Freedom of the press; Legislation
Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound file (79 min.) : digital, WAV file (403 Mb), + 1 transcript (43 p. ; 28 cm.)
Bennett, Gordon, "Gordon Bennett interview" (2005). Bob Brown Oral History Project. OH396-24.