Tom Haines Interview, July 8, 1980


Tom Haines


Helen Bonner



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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.

Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project, OH 104, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 104-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:26:27 minutes

Local Filename

OH_104_003.mp3; OH_104_003.pdf

Tom Haines Interview, July 8, 1980