Mike Mansfield Interview, July 24, 1999


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield talks about how he met his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. He talks about her family, her education, and how he was perceived by her father. Mansfield discusses their move to Missoula, getting married, and his education at the University of Montana. He talks about his graduate education as well, when he started teaching a few undergraduate classes and working for the registrar. Mansfield discusses what he remembers about Great Falls when he first arrived around 1915. He describes running away as well, making his way to Washington (state) and working in logging camps. He recalls making his way back to New York and enlisting in the Navy. After serving in the Navy for the duration of World War I, Mansfield joined the Marines. Mansfield also talks about his experience in the mines, including how different and more dangerous the job used to be.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Marriage; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Valeo, Francis R. (Francis Ralph), 1916-2005. Mike Mansfield, Majority Leaders: A Different Kind of Senate, 1961-1976; United States. Congress. Senate; United States. Marine Corps; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Mines and mineral resources—Montana—Butte; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Veterans—Montana—Interviews; Butte (Montana)—History—20th century; 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 391-008

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

69 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_008.mp3; OH_391_008.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, July 24, 1999