Burton K. Wheeler Lecture, November 27, 1972


Burton K. Wheeler


K. Ross Toole's seminar



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Burton K. Wheeler speaks to K. Ross Toole’s Montana history class at the University of Montana about his career in Montana politics, beginning with Democrat and Republican influences on Montana newspapers and the Anaconda Copper Company’s [ACM] influence. Wheeler recalls his reputation as a Communist sympathizer, fighting the ACM, and insisting on due process and evidence in the case of Frank Little. He discusses his appointment to U.S. District Attorney and, later, resigning at the request of Senator Thomas Walsh. Wheeler describes the threats to his wellbeing during his gubernatorial campaign in 1920. He discusses his successful bid for the United States Senate in 1922, and his decision to run for Vice President with Robert La Follette in 1924. Wheeler recalls his successful reelection campaign in 1928 against Joseph Dixon, who had beat Wheeler for governor in 1920.


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Document Type

Oral History


Wheeler, Burton K.; United States, Politics and government; Montana, Politics and government; Toole, K. Ross; Ashbridge, Joe; Alley, Roy; Campbell, Bill; Evans, L.O.; Little, Frank; Industrial Workers of the World (IWW); Non-Partisan League; Donlon, Ed; O’Connor, James; Dunn, William; Ayres, Roy; Maury, H. Lowndes; Fitts, William C.; Haywood, Bill; Ryan, John D.; Kelley, Cornelius “Con”; La Follette, Robert; Kelley, Dan; Walsh, Thomas J.; Anaconda Copper Company; Nolan, Cornelius; Townley, Arthur; Stout, Tom; Wells, Hugh; Dixon, Joseph M.

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

Montana Politics and Politicians Oral History Collection, 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 004-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:53:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_004_001.mp3; OH_004_001.pdf

Burton K. Wheeler Lecture, November 27, 1972