Peggy DeMichele Interview, 1989


Peggy DeMichele


Jim Caron



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Peggy DeMichele discusses how she came to work for Mike Mansfield and talks about his life and career. She recalls a time that Mansfield burned his hand while cooking and talks about the extensive media coverage that he received as a result. She speaks more broadly about Mansfield’s legacy. She also briefly discusses Mansfield childhood and military service. DeMichele talks about Mansfield’s relationship with President John F. Kennedy and shares what she believed to be Mansfield’s views on the Vietnam War. DeMichele also talks about Mansfield’s love for the state of Montana, and she explains how Montana remained a top priority for him even as he assumed the position and responsibilities of Senate Majority Leader. She shares personal stories and anecdotes from her time spent working for Mike Mansfield.


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Document Type

Oral History


DeMichele, Peggy; Mansfield, Mike; Mansfield, Maureen; Kennedy, John F.; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Senate; U.S. ambassadors, Japan; Political philosophy; Montana politics and government, 20th century; U.S. politics and government, 20th century

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 458-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:29:44 minutes

Local Filename

OH_458_002.mp3; OH_458_002.pdf

Peggy DeMichele Interview, 1989