This is a collection of interviews pulled together by Archives and Special Collections about the life and political career of Senator James Murray. These interviews were conducted during the 1970s with Murray’s family members and colleagues. The bulk of the interviews were conducted by Donald E. Spritzer. The original interviews are held at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula, and are identified by the following oral history numbers: OH 003, OH 007, OH 009, OH 030, OH 031, OH 033, OH 059, and OH 094.
This collection includes 8 interviews.
Victor O. Reinemer and Ben Stong
Ben Stong and Vic Reinemer, Congressional aides to Montana Senator James E. Murray, discuss Murray's congressional career from 1935 to 1960. Both describe Murray’s involvement with the Missouri Valley Authority and the Yellowtail Dam project in Montana. They also talk about Murray’s connection to the ... Read More
Bertram Gross discusses working for Senator Murray in 1942 and his main duties on the Small Business Committee. He discusses the Smaller War Plants Corporation and the United States Naval Department, as well as his personal relationship with Senator Murray. Gross also describes the relationship ... Read More
Charles A. Murray
Charles Murray describes his father, James E. Murray’s, decision to run for the United States Senate following the stock market crash of 1929. Charles Murray recalls working as his father’s campaign manager in Washington, D.C. after graduating from college. Murray talks about his role as ... Read More
Co-founder of the Great Falls Paper Company, James Flaherty describes his personal relationship with Senator James E. Murray. He also describes Murray's relationships with other Montana politicians, particularly Burton K. Wheeler. Flaherty discusses Murray's political activities and campaigning style.... Read More
James G. Patton
James Patton talks about his role as former president of the National Farmers' Union. He discusses his relationship with Senator James E. Murray and the role the Farmers' Union played in the Employment Act of 1946. He also describes the union’s involvement with the Missouri ... Read More
Former Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court Leif Erickson discusses his political career in Montana with particular emphasis on the leanings of Montana’s ruling economic bodies such as Montana Power, Columbia Valley Authority, Missouri Valley Authority, and the Anaconda Company. Erickson recalls running unsuccessfully ... Read More
Victor O. Reinemer, Ludvig Browman, and Frances Logan
Victor Reinemer, Ludvig Browman, and Frances Logan discuss the former Montana senator, James E. Murray, and his career in the U.S. States Senate from their time in his acquaintance, ranging from 1948 to 1961. They describe Murray’s work on the behalf of tribal nations, small ... Read More
William D. Murray
William D. Murray describes how his father, Senator James E. Murray, moved to Butte, Montana, as a young man and worked as an attorney for his uncle James A. Murray. William Murray talks about his father’s relationship with the Irish community in Butte and Ireland, ... Read More