Mike Mansfield Interview, 1989


Mike Mansfield


Geoffrey Sutton



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Mike Mansfield discusses his childhood and his experience growing up in Great Falls, Montana. He talks about serving in the U.S. military, starting in 1917 when he was 14. Mansfield discusses working in the copper mines at Butte, Montana, and meeting his wife Maureen Hayes Mansfield who encouraged him to go to school and get into politics. He discusses his 34-year career as a member of both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and his ambassadorship to Japan beginning under President Jimmy Carter. He talks about his relationship with Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Carter, Nixon, and Reagan, and he remembers the eulogy he gave at President Kennedy’s funeral. Mansfield offers his opinion on the Vietnam War, gives his outlook on world affairs, and describes the challenges that future generations will face.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Mike; Butte, Montana; Mansfield, Maureen Hayes; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Senate; U.S. ambassadors, Japan; Kennedy, John F.; Johnson, Lyndon B.; Carter, James “Jimmy”; Ford, Gerald; Nixon, Richard M.; Reagan, Ronald; Kennedy, John F., assassination; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; Political philosophy; Montana politics and government, 20th century; U.S. politics and government, 20th century; U.S. military service

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Mansfield’s America Oral History Project, OH 458, 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 458-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (90 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:38:51 minutes

Local Filename

OH_458_001.mp3; OH_458_001.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, 1989