Daniel Kemmis Interview, March 22, 1989


Daniel Kemmis


Claire Rhein



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Daniel Kemmis reflects on his childhood and his family’s roots in eastern Montana. He describes how his family came to Montana from the Midwest. Kemmis reminisces how things like his family’s emphasis on religion and early schooling impacted his decision to become involved in politics and shaped his views on political philosophy and ethics. He credits his father as being the person who shaped his political life more than anyone else. Kemmis talks about early childhood heroes and his decision as a child to attend Harvard after reading a number of political biographies. He notes how that decision influenced him to work hard in school and obtain a National Merits Scholarship so he could go to Harvard. Kemmis concludes by describing his time at Harvard, what he learned, and how that also shaped his political career and his decision to return to Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Daniel Kemmis; Montana politics; Montana politicians; Harvard University

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 036-017

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_036_017.mp3; OH_036_017.pdf

Daniel Kemmis Interview, March 22, 1989