Leif Erickson Interview, December 27, 1976


Leif Erickson


Donald E. Spritzer



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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 as Democratic nominee in the 1944 race for Montana governor as well as the 1946 senate seat. He details his relationship with fellow Montana politicians Sam Ford, James E. Murray, and Burton K. Wheeler. Erickson describes his relationship to politics through the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson presidential administrations. He discusses Montana’s specific brand of political campaigning and briefly describes his role supporting the political campaigns of Montana senators Lee Metcalf and Mike Mansfield.


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Document Type

Oral History


Sam Ford; Murray, James E. (James Edward), 1876-1961; Burton K. Wheeler; Montana governors; Montana senators; Democratic Party; Montana Supreme Court; Lee Metcalf; Mike Mansfield

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 007-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (32 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:12:48 minutes

Local Filename

OH_007_001.mp3; OH_007_001.pdf

Leif Erickson Interview, December 27, 1976