Winfield Page Interview, July 9, 1980


Winfield Page


Helen Bonner



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Winfield Page discusses his relationship with the Rankin family, most notably Jeannette Rankin and Wellington Rankin, as well as his own involvement in Montana politics from the 1920s to the post-World War Two period. Page, who served in the Montana Legislature from 1943 to 1961, describes running against Jeannette Rankin in 1940 and against Wellington Rankin for National Committeeman. Page remarks on the ambitious nature of the Rankin family, especially the financial frugalness and dominating personality of Wellington Rankin. He also mentions other Montana politicians such as Burton K. Wheeler and his association with the Industrial Worker of the World [IWW] and the Non-Partisan League. Page also describes the control and power the Anaconda Copper Mining Company (“The Company”) had over Montana politics, including The Company’s request that Jeannette Rankin not run for re-election to make room for Mike Mansfield.


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Document Type

Oral History


Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973; Minute Man; Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964; Copper Kings; Mansfield, Mike (Michael J.), 1903-2001; World War, 1939-1945; Women in politics; Page, Winfield E., 1904-1994 – Interviews; Page, Winfield E., 1904-1994 -- Political activity; Legislators -- Montana – Interviews; Politicians -- Montana – Interviews; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973 -- Political activity; Rankin family -- Political activity – Montana; Rankin, Wellington Duncan, 1884-1966 -- Political activity; Rankin, Wellington Duncan, 1884-1966 – Biography; Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975 -- Political activity; Industrial Workers of the World -- Political activity – Montana; National Nonpartisan League -- Political activity – Montana; Political campaigns -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Republican Party (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Montana -- Politics and government -- History -- 20th century; Politicians -- Montana – Biography; Anaconda Copper Mining Company -- Political activity

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 104-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:57:56 minutes

Local Filename

OH_104_001.mp3; OH_104_001.pdf

Winfield Page Interview, July 9, 1980