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May 8, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Archives Building
17 W Quartz St
Butte, MT 59701
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Brown Bag Lunch about Senator Burton K. Wheeler

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Four-term Senator Burton K. Wheeler was the most powerful politician Montana has ever produced says historian Marc C. Johnson who has authored the first-ever full-length biography of the controversial and consequential Democrat. Wheeler came of political age amid antiwar and labor unrest in Butte during World War I. As a crusading United States attorney, he battled Montana’s powerful economic interests, championed farmers and miners, and won election?to the U.S. Senate in 1922 where he made his name as one of the “Montana scandalmongers,” uncovering corruption in the Harding and Coolidge administrations. The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series on Wednesday, May 8, when Johnson will talk about Wheeler, his ties to Butte and his often-tumultuous career. The presentation will begin at noon and run about an hour at the Archives, 17 W. Quartz. Guests are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Coffee and water will be provided.