Tom Haines Interview, February 24, 1982


Tom Haines


Donald Spritzer



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Tom Haines discusses his involvement in Montana State politics, starting with his election to Precinct Committee Man of Precinct 12 of Missoula County in 1932. He describes running for state legislature in 1950 and his familiarity with Sam Ford, John Bonner, and Wellington Rankin. Haines also discusses meeting Governor Thomas E. Dewey during his presidential campaign, the night that President Harry Truman was elected, and his interest in President William Taft. He briefly discusses Senator Mike Mansfield, Forest Anderson, and single member districts. Haines discusses being a member of the Appropriations Committee and being the chairman of the Constitutional Elections and Federal Relations Committee. He also describes the political strategies of the Anaconda Company, including their head lobbyist, Al Wilkinson, and their “waterhole.” Haines discusses the Goldwater campaign of 1964, meeting President Richard Nixon, and working with Dick Shoup.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana politics; Precinct 12; Missoula County; Missoula, Montana; John Bonner; Rankin, Walter R., 1904-1983; Haines, Tom, 1903-1997; Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971 -- Political activity; Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953 -- Political activity; Rankin, Walter R. 1904-1983 -- Political activity; Shoup, Richard Gardner, 1923-1995 -- Political activity; Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 -- Political activity; Anderson, Forrest Howard, 1913-1989 -- Political activity; Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998 -- Political activity; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001 -- Political activity; Republican Party (Mont.); Anaconda Company -- Political activity; Montana. Legislative Assembly – History; Ford, Sam C. (Sam Clarence), 1882-1961 -- Political activity; Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 -- Political activity

Original Date


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 /

Oral History Number

OH 087-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:13:04 minutes

Local Filename

OH_087_001_002.mp3; OH_087_001_002.pdf

Tom Haines Interview, February 24, 1982