Montana Legislative Assembly (15th: 1917-1918) records, 1917-1918  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Montana. Legislative Assembly.
Title
Montana Legislative Assembly (15th: 1917-1918) records
Dates
1917-1918 (inclusive)
Quantity
.2 linear feet of shelf space
Collection Number
LR 15
Summary
Records (1917-1918) of the Montana 15th Legislative Assembly consist of Regular and Extraordinary Sessions. The records include correspondence from the Dorcas Ladies' Aid Society and the Women's Christian Temperance Union, both of Butte, opposing legalization of prostitution; and records of the High Court of Impeachment hearing the case of Charles L. Crum, judge of the 15th Judicial District.
Repository
Montana Historical Society, Research Center Archives
Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives
225 North Roberts
PO Box 201201
Helena MT
59620-1201
Telephone: 406-444-2681
Fax: 406-444-5297
mhslibrary@mt.gov
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Montana State Legislature is made up of two chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Constitution of Montana limits the size of the Senate to no fewer than 40 and no more than 50 members and the size of the House of Representatives to no fewer than 80 and no more than 100 members. Each house is responsible for choosing its officers, creating committees and establishing its own rules. The Montana Legislature meets for 90 days every odd numbered year, beginning the first Monday in January, or the following Wednesday if the first Monday is New Years Day. The first State Legislature convened on November 23, 1889, fifteen days after Montana became a state. Each following Legislature has been numbered sequentially.

The 15th Montana Legislature met from January 1st to March 1st, 1917, with an Extraordinary Session held February 14th to 25th, 1918. The leaders of the Senate were W.W. McDowell (D-President), and John Edwards (R-President Pro Tempore). The leaders of the House were Jas. F. O'Connor (D-Speaker), and Thomas Kehoe (D-Speaker Pro Tempore).

Sources:The Constitution of the State of Montana as adopted by the Constitutional Convention March 22, 1972, and as ratified by the people, June 6, 1972, referendum no. 68, "A GUIDE TO THE MONTANA LEGISLATURE," The Montana Legislature,; “Montana Legislative Leadership 1889 – Present”.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Montana 15th Legislative Assembly records consist of Regular and Extraordinary Sessions. The Regular Session records include correspondence from the Dorcas Ladies' Aid Society and the Women's Christian Temperance Union, both of Butte, opposing legalization of prostitution; and Senate Bill 91 regarding strengthening definition of "alcohol" in intoxicating liquor laws. The Extraordinary Session includes the records of the High Court of Impeachment hearing the case of Charles L. Crum, judge of the 15th Judicial District, including affidavits, articles of impeachment, proceedings including Rules of Procedure of the Senate of the State of Montana Sitting as a High Court of Impeachment and Impeachment Proceedings Constitutional Provisions, a resolution of Forsyth residents in support of Crum, and the March 22, 1918 verdict.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Montana Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

[item description and date]. Montana Legislative Assembly (15th: 1917-1918) records, 1917-1918. Legislative Records 15. [box and folder number]. Montana Historical Society Research Center. Archives. Helena, Montana.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Regular SessionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
House of Representatives
Box/Folder
1 / 1
Letters to Speaker of the House from Dorcas Ladies' Aid Society, Butte, and Butte Women's Christian Temperance Union opposing legalization of prostitution
1917 February 13
Senate Bills
Box/Folder
1 / 2
Bill No. 91 (re strengthening definition of "alcohol" in intoxicating liquor laws)
1917

Extraordinary SessionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Impeachment Proceedings, Charles L. Crum
Box/Folder
1 / 3
Affidavits
February 1918
1 / 4
Articles of Impeachment (includes precept)
1918 February 25, 28
1 / 5
Proceedings
1918 March 20-22
1 / 6
Proceedings (also includes Rules of Procedure of the Senate of the State of Montana Sitting as a High Court of Impeachment and Impeachment Proceedings Constitutional Provisions)
1918
1 / 7
Resolution of Forsyth Residents Affirming Confidence in Judge Crum
1918 March 12
1 / 8
Verdict
1918 March 22

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bills, Legislative--Montana.
  • Legislative bodies--Montana--Committees.
  • Women--Societies and clubs--Montana.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Dorcas Ladies' Aid Society (Butte, Mont.)
  • Women Christian Temperance Union (Butte, Mont.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Montana--Politics and government.