Former Montana legislator Tom Haines recalls interactions with Jeannette Rankin and her brother Wellington Rankin throughout his political career, during which he served 11 consecutive terms (1950-1974). Haines talks about Jeannette Rankin’s tenacity in pursuing votes on the campaign trail. He then discusses Wellington Rankin, his marriages, and his very close relationship to Jeannette. Haines also describes Jeannette Rankin’s overall influence in Montana, how he encountered a number of people who believed she didn’t do anything for Montana, and how her legacy seemed to diminish after her death.
Montana politicians; Montana Republicans; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973; Rankin, Wellington, 1884-1966; Missoulian newspaper; Missoula Pioneer; Page, Winfield E., 1904-1994; Mansfield, Mike (Michael J.), 1903-2001; Sedman, Harriet; Bonner, John; Women in politics
Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project, OH 104, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)
Haines, Tom, "Tom Haines Interview, July 8, 1980" (1980). Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project. 2.