Mrs. Wheeler Goes to Washington

Mrs. Wheeler Goes to Washington

by Elizabeth Wheeler Colman

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Behind every successful man there's a woman--at least that's the premise of Colman, daughter of six-term Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler. Colman contends her mother ``was the force behind the Senator throughout his twenty-four year career in Washington'' (1922-46). Wheeler is best remembered as the leader of the opposition to Roosevelt's court-packing attempt in 1937. Colman's memoir of her mother's role in Wheeler's political career is well written but more self-serving than historically insightful, though it does provide an interesting view of a westerner in Congress. Also of interest is the claim that the 1939 Jimmy Stewart film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was based on Wheeler's career. Perhaps for regional collections.--Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.

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