HELENA – Thursday, October 18 marks President Donald Trump’s third visit to the Big Sky state since July which ties him for the most visits by a president of the United States while they were in office.
33rd president of the United States Harry S. Truman has been the only other sitting president to visit Montana 3 times during their presidency.
Truman’s first visit was to Butte on June 8, 1948 while campaigning for his second term against republic candidate Tom Dewey.
Local reports at the time estimated 40,000 people filled the streets to great him during the campaign stop. 2 years later at a speech in Butte, Truman stated it was a night he would never forget.
Truman’s second visit was on May 12, 1950 was to Great Falls and Havre to address the development of reclamation dams.
While making his way to the Electric City the 33rd U.S. president made a “whistle-stop” in Helena which coincided with Vigilante Day.
“I certainly am glad to be here on Vigilante Day,” said Truman at the event. “I wish I could have seen that parade. I was glad to get a chance to see those floats alongside the train on each side. I think my family has enjoyed them as much as anything they have seen on the trip.”
Truman’s final visit to the Treasure State was on October 1, 1952 for the dedication of the Hungry Horse Dam.
In the Flathead County High School auditorium Truman spoke before a crowd of 4,000 people, many of which were students, that day about the need of dam projects and the importance of the U.S. government being one of the people and by the people.