H. O. Worden Papers, 1966-1970 PDF
- Worden, H. O. (Henry O.), 1912-1995
- H. O. Worden Papers
- 1966-1970 (inclusive)19661970
- 0.5 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Mss 219 (collection)
- H.O. Worden was a Missoula, Montana, representative to the Montana legislature. The collection contains his political papers from his three terms in that body.
- University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
- Access Restrictions
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Henry O. "Bill" Worden was born at 328 East Pine Street in Missoula, Montana, on August 21, 1912. His father, also Henry, was the oldest son of Missoula settler Francis Lyman Worden, who founded Worden and Company at the town of Hellgate in 1860. He grew up in Ravalli and Ronan, Montana, where his father was the bookkeeper for A. M. Sterling Co. When Worden was fourteen, his father died and the family moved to Missoula, where Bill graduated from high school in 1930. Worden attended Sedan's Preparatory School in Washington, DC, for a year prior to attending the University of Montana, from which he graduated in 1935.
From the time of his father's death, Worden worked many part-time jobs to support his mother, mainly as an elevator operator in downtown Missoula buildings. He worked as a timekeeper for Montana Power Company during the construction of Kerr Dam until he was hired in 1938 by Western Bank in Missoula as a messenger and transit clerk. Except while serving in the US Navy in World War II, he spent his career at the bank, including a stint at the company's Livingston bank, until he retired in 1977 as vice president in the commercial department. Worden and his wife started a small public relations company, Worden and Co., in 1979; his son expanded this business into real estate.
In 1958, Worden married Valerie Kennedy Rice, who died of leukemia in 1960. His second wife, Tommie Lu Middleton, was a native of Deer Lodge, where she was the state prison warden's daughter. They had three children: Peggy, Hank, and Willie (Austin).
Worden joined the Montana state legislature in 1966 as a Republican state representative. In addition to serving in the 40th, 41st, and 42nd legislatures, Worden was also a member of the Legislative Post Audit Committee. He retired from the legislature in 1973.
He was also active in several community organizations, including the Lion's Club, Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. Both Bill and Tommie Lu were honored as distinguished alumni at the University of Montana in 1990.
Worden died in Missoula on June 6, 1995, at the age of 82.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection contains materials from Worden's three terms in the Montana legislature, 1966-1972.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.
[Name of document or photograph number], H. O. Worden Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I: Biographical Information , 1966Return to Top
This series contains biographical information compiled by Worden, a civics paper written about him by Maureen Sullivan and a copy of his oath of office.
|1966 and undated|
Series II: General Correspondence , 1966-1972Return to Top
This series contains correspondence to and from constituents and political figures during Worden's terms as legislator. Arranged chronologically.
Series III: Correspondence, Mrs. Worden , 1966Return to Top
Contains correspondence concerning the family's move to Helena for the 1967 session.
Series IV: Legislative , 1967Return to Top
Contains copies of some of the bills introduced by Worden during his legislative terms.
Revised Uniform Principal and Income Act
Uniform Narcotic Drug Act
Revised Uniform Federal Tax Lien Registration Act
Series V: Press Releases , 1966-1970Return to Top
Contains releases to the press and constituents concerning upcoming legislation and Worden's political positions.
Series VI: Clippings , 1966-1970Return to Top
Contains newspaper clippings about Worden.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Corporate Names :
- Montana. Legislative Assembly. House of Representatives
- Geographical Names :
- Missoula (Mont.)--Politics and government
- Montana -- Politics and government--20th century
- Occupations :