METCALF, Lee Warren (1911-1978)

METCALF, LEE WARREN, a Representative and a Senator from Montana; born in Stevensville, Ravalli County, Mont., January 28, 1911; attended the public schools; graduated from Stanford University in 1936 and received a law degree from Montana State University Law School; admitted to the Montana bar in 1936 and commenced the practice of law; member, State house of representatives 1937; assistant attorney general of Montana 1937-1941; in December 1942 enlisted in the Army, attended officers' training school, was commissioned, went overseas in 1944, and participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge; after V-E Day was concerned with the care and repatriation of displaced persons; helped in drafting ordinances for the first free local elections in Germany and supervised the free elections in Bavaria; discharged from the Army as a first lieutenant in April 1946; associate justice of the Montana supreme court 1946-1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress; reelected to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1961); was not a candidate for reelection but was elected in 1960 to the United States Senate; reelected in 1966 and 1972 and served from January 3, 1961, until his death; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Congressional Operations (Ninety-third and Ninety-fifth Congresses); died in Helena, Mont., January 12, 1978; cremated; ashes scattered in one of his favorite areas in the wilderness of the State of Montana.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 1 audiotape (1975) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Montana Historical Society
Helena, MT
Papers: 1934-1978. 290 linear feet. Congressional papers and correspondence including general correspondence, bills, printed material, campaign files, speeches and writings, voting records, clippings, photographs, motion picture film, video and sound recordings, and memorabilia from service in both House and Senate. The collection includes 3,900 images processed to the item level with more than 90% identified. Also includes files of Vic Reinemer from his service as Metcalf's executive secretary and as staff director of Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Banking, Management, and Expenditures, and its successor, the Subcommittee on Reports, Accounting, and Management. Topics include government procedures, utility regulation, and corporate reporting. Finding aid available online.

University of Montana
Mansfield Library
Missoula, MT
Papers: Case files of Senator Metcalf's office that were still active at the time of Metcalf's death in Paul Hatfield collection.

  • Metcalf, Lee, and Vic Reinemer. Overcharge. New York: D. McKay Co., 1967.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Lee Metcalf, Late a Senator from Montana. 95th Cong., 2d sess., 1978. Washington: Government Printing Office.
  • Warden, Richard D. Metcalf of Montana: How a Senator Makes Government Work. Washington: Acropolis Books, 1965.