William D. Murray Interview, December 14, 1970


William D. Murray


Donald E. Spritzer and Rex Myers



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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, including his friendships with Irish revolutionaries such as Éamon de Valera. Murray describes at length the tension that existed between his father and Senator Burton K. Wheeler for most of their political careers. He details his father’s support of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as well as his father’s liberal political views. Murray briefly describes his family’s residences then discusses his own career as an attorney and a United States federal judge.


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Document Type

Oral History


Murray, James E. (James Edward), 1876-1961; Butte, Montana; Montana politics; United States Senate; Éamon de Valera; Irish Revolution, Montana involvement; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Irish community, Butte, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Oral History Interviews about James Murray Collection, 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 003-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:35:44 minutes

Local Filename

OH_003_001_002.mp3; OH_003_001_002.pdf

William D. Murray Interview, December 14, 1970