Mansfield, Mike

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  • Mike Mansfield (1903–2001), a Democrat, served Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943 to 1952 and in the U.S. Senate from 1953 to 1977, where he became the longest serving majority leader. His expertise in Asian diplomacy and ability to achieve consensus made his advice indispensable to several presidents.

    Michael Joseph Mansfield was born on March 16, 1903, to Irish immigrant parents in New York City. After the death of his mother four years later, Mansfield's father sent him to Great Falls, Montana. As a young man, Mansfield served in three branches of the military and then returned to Montana as a mucker in the Butte mines, shoveling waste rock. During the Great Depression, he earned a master's degree at Montana State University in ...

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