Winfield Page Interview

Interviewee

Winfield Page

Interviewer

Helen Bonner

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Description

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.

Type

Oral History

Subjects

Montana politicians; Montana Republicans; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973; Rankin, Wellington, 1884-1966; Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975; Page, Winfield E., 1904-1994; Minute Man; Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964; Montana public officials; Industrial Workers of the World [IWW]; Non-Partisan League; Anaconda Copper Mining Company; Copper Kings; Mansfield, Mike (Michael J.), 1903-2001; World War, 1939-1945; Women in politics

Original Date

7-9-1980

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

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

Rights

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 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

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