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Oral history interview with Elmer A. Benson
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 describes his political philosophy and personal characteristics, his political career, his term as governor, the merger of the Farmer-Labor and Democratic Parties, his assessments of a number of political acquaintances, and in the final segment of the interview he provides his own view of his controversial political career.
3 hours sound cassette
72 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
02:19:54 running time
Interviewee: Benson, Elmer Austin
Interviewer: Fridley, Russell W.
Interviewer: Goff, Lila Johnson
Interviewer: Pederson, James
Interviewer: Goff, Robert E.
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 72 (Library Call Number)
AV1994.8 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog