Pat Williams Interview, November 20, 2015


Pat Williams


Bob Brown



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Pat Williams remembers his childhood in Butte, Montana, and early tenure in the Montana state legislature in the mid-to-late 20th century. Williams recalls growing up working in his father’s restaurants in Butte, and the changing Butte culture from his childhood to the present. He discusses his first campaign, running to be a Montana legislator from Silver Bow County, and navigating Butte political scene. He describes his dealings with the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, and its complicated relationship with the people of Butte and of Montana. Williams discusses members of the legislature he admired, and legislation he supported or introduced early in his career.


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Document Type

Oral History


Butte, Montana; Helena, Montana; The American Candy Shop, Butte, Montana; Jorgenson’s, Helena, Montana; Pork Chop John’s, Butte, Montana; Duggan Merrill Mortuary, Butte, Montana; Hanson, Alec; O’Leary, Barry; Griffith, Vern “Hanna”; Williams, Carol; Anaconda Copper Mining Company; Clark, William; Montana Power Company; Carney, Glen; Shea, Dennis; Christiansen, Bill; Lucas, Jim; Bardanouve, Francis; Clinton, Bill; Metals Mines bill; Williams, Carol; Montana politics and government, 20th century; U.S. politics and government, 20th century

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




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


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Oral History Number

OH 396-075

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (01:14:27 min.): digital + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:14:27 minutes

Local Filename

OH_396_075.mp3; OH_396_075.pdf

Pat Williams Interview, November 20, 2015
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