Mike Mansfield Interview, November 10, 2000


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield discusses some of his relationships with different senators throughout his career, including George Aiken, Lee Metcalf, Hubert Humphrey, Everett Dirksen, Richard Russell, Henry Jackson, and Hugh Scott. He talks about Dirksen and Humphrey’s influence, which was critical to the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Mansfield briefly describes Gerald Ford’s presidency, Mansfield’s relationship with him, and the Mayaguez Incident which occurred between the Communist Vietnamese and the Communist Cambodian groups. Mansfield recalls Senator Joseph McCarthy and Harvey’s Matusow’s smear campaign against him that led to his toughest political campaign. He reflects on his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield, and her influence on his careers. He recalls discussing everything with her, how she was the only woman in his life, and why he insisted on placing her name in titles to give her the much-deserved credit for her contribution to his success.


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Document Type

Oral History


Dirksen, Everett McKinley; Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978; Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Matusow, Harvey, 1926-2002; McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Congress. Senate; United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964; Atni-communist movements—United States; Civil rights—United States; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Internal security—United States Senators, United States Congress—Montana; United States—Politics and government—20th century

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 391-020

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

75 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_020.mp3; OH_391_020.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, November 10, 2000