Mike Mansfield Interview, January 27, 2000


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield discusses his first political campaign running for the U.S. House and his fundraising efforts that went along with it. He describes his relationship with Jim “Bim” Rowe, who supported and advised him during his campaigns in Montana. Mansfield also talks about his decision not to run against Burton K. Wheeler, despite Jim Rowe’s encouragement to challenge him. Mansfield recalls his meetings with the Crown Prince of Japan during his time as ambassador and accompanying the Crown Prince on a trip to the United States.


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Document Type

Oral History


Akihito, Emperor of Japan, 1933—Travel—United States; Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, 1901-1989; Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000—Health; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Family; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Congress. Senate; Ambassadors—Japan; Ex-legislators—United States—interviews; Political campaigns—Montana; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Japan—Foreign relations—United States; Montana—Politics and government—20th century; United States—Foreign relations—Japan

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; China; Japan; Vietnam



Original Collection

Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 391, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 391-014

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

38 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_014.mp3; OH_391_014.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, January 27, 2000