Frederica Wheeler Johnson Interview, July 8, 2012


Bob Brown



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Frederica Wheeler Johnson reminisces about her grandfather, Burton K. Wheeler’s life and career as a United States senator from Montana, and later, lawyer, from the 1920s through 1970s. Wheeler Johnson recalls spending summers at the family’s cabin on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, and her grandfather’s interactions with family and members of the Blackfeet Nation. She describes Burton K. Wheeler’s initial opposition to World War Two, his defeat for reelection in 1946, and his subsequent return to practicing law. She recalls meeting or interacting with various politicians with her grandfather, and discusses family stories related to her grandfather’s potential vice presidency under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his defeat in 1946, and his political ideologies. Wheeler Johnson discusses her previous spouses, one the great-grandson of Thomas J. Walsh and another, John W. Snow, former United States Secretary of the Treasury, as well as discussing Senator Mike Mansfield and her grandfather’s similarities and differences.

The interviewee's full birth date has been restricted in both the audio and transcript for this interview.


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Oral History


Wheeler, Burton K.; Lake McDonald; Glacier National Park; Hoag, John T.; Colonial Dames of America; Truman, Harry S.; Roosevelt, Franklin D.; Sulgrave Club, Washington, D.C.; Rayburn, Sam; Johnson, Lyndon B; Taft, Robert A.; Dirksen, Everett; Nixon, Richard; Walsh, Thomas J.; Parks, Robert; Clack, H. Earl; Howes, Aaron; Snow, John W.; Tuohy, Walter; CSX Corporation; Murray, James E.; Rankin, Wellington D.; Kennedy, Joseph; Mansfield, Michael; Baucus, Max; Wheeler-Howard Act; Indian Reorganization Act; Erickson, Leif; U.S. politics and government, 20th century

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 396-074

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disk (80 min.): analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:44:56 minutes

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OH_396_074.mp3; OH_396_074.pdf

Frederica Wheeler Johnson Interview, July 8, 2012
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