Daniel Kemmis Interview, October 9, 1978


Daniel Kemmis


Claire Rhein



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Daniel Kemmis discusses his early childhood in Richland County in eastern Montana. He talks about his early interest in politics which led him to study political science at Harvard University and then in 1972 philosophy at the University of Montana. Kemmis describes running for the Montana State Legislature in 1974 on a platform of increasing taxes on coal and successfully unseating long-term representative Tom Haines. Kemmis discusses how legislative districts were organized in the state of Montana and how that helped him win the 1974 election. He also describes his involvement in political party organization and the importance of political labels. Kemmis concludes with a brief discussion of his candidacy for House District 94 in Missoula and his defeat of Jack Mudd in the primary.


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Document Type

Oral History


Richland County, Montana; Harvard University; Montana State Legislature; Tom Haines; Jack Mudd; Daniel Kemmis; Montana state legislators

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Daniel Kemmis Interviews Oral History Project, OH 036, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 036-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:29:57 minutes

Local Filename

OH_036_001.mp3; OH_036_001.pdf

Daniel Kemmis Interview, October 9, 1978