Buchanan, Mary Estill

Buchanan, Mary Estill
Buchanan, Mary Estill, 1934-, interviewee; Woolf, Marvin B., interviewer; McCutcheon, Liz, videographer;
Date Recorded:
January 12, 2013
Date digitized:
January 12, 2013
Length of interview:
60 minutes, 23 seconds

Mary Estill Buchanan describes and reflects on a long career in politics in Colorado as a moderate Republican. Her career has included campaigns for University of Colorado regent, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Senate. She served as Colorado Secretary of State from 1974-1983. She also served on the Colorado State Board of Agriculture and the Colorado Commission on the Status of Women. She tells behind-the-scenes stories about her campaigns for office and about a near-appointment as chair of the Federal Trade Commission that was scuttled at the last minute due to the impending appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court. She also details the reforms she pursued as Colorado Secretary of State and the ways in which the Commission on the Status of Women sought to increase women’s participation in politics.


Republican Party Colorado
Political campaigns Colorado
Politics and government United States
Politics and government Colorado
Colorado. Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women in Colorado
Women in politics Colorado
Firearms Law and legislation
Calloway, Howard Hollis (Bo), 1927-
Reagan, Ronald, 1911-2004
Coors, Joe Sr., 1917-2003
Anderson, Byron (Andy) A., 1905-1974
Vanderhoof, John D., 1922-
Buchanan, Dodds I., 1931-1997
Love, John A., 1916-2002
Original Format:
mini-DV tape
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