Meet ‘Montana's Mayor,' Willard E. Fraser of Billings immortalized in new book

BILLINGS - Most folks, even in Billings, don't know the name Willard E. Fraser.In a state with colorful characters and larger-than-life locations, ...

September 27, 2022
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BILLINGS - Most folks, even in Billings, don't know the name Willard E. Fraser.In a state with colorful characters and larger-than-life locations, like Butte or Virginia City — places synonymous with Montana — few may guess one of the most consequential, colorful and visionary leaders was a Democrat from Billings.However, Willard Fraser often referred to himself as mayor for all Montana, not just the state's largest city – and while his colorful antics often overshadowed the serious policies and reforms he championed, a new book hopes to carve out Fraser's rightful place in Montana's history, reports the Daily Montanan.

Darrell Ehrlick