Oral history interview with Elmer A. Benson

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Titles Oral history interview with Elmer A. Benson
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Benson was appointed state commissioner of securities by Governor Floyd B. Olson in 1933 and commissioner of banks later the same year. In 1935 he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill an unexpired term and served until 1936. He was elected governor of Minnesota in 1936 but was defeated for reelection in 1938. He died in 1985. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Benson discusses his membership in the Farmer-Labor Party and his political beliefs. He talks about his appointment to the U.S. Senate in 1935 by Gov. Floyd B. Olson and his unsuccessful campaign in 1938 for a second term as Governor of Minnesota. He also provides stories about and assessments of political acquaintances, including Adolph and Otto Bremer, Floyd B. Olson, Philip LaFollette, Harold Stassen, Hubert Humphrey, Henry Wallace, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Orville Freeman and others.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
48 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 03:02:31 running time
Creation Interviewee: Benson, Elmer A. (Elmer Austin)
Interviewer: McGowan, Martin J. (Martin James)
Made in: Appleton, Swift County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 12/1981 - 08/13/1983 (Interviews conducted 12//1981 and 8/13/1983.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 22 (Library Call Number)
AV1990.168 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog


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