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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Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project, OH 104, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)
Page, Winfield, "Winfield Page Interview, July 9, 1980" (1980). Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project. 4.