Francis: Montanas last great politicianOur view
March 19, 2002
Francis: Montanas last great politician
Arguably the last of the great Montana politicians is now gone.
Francis Bardanouve of Harlem died unexpectedly Sunday after a lifetime of service to others. He was a robust 84.
Bardanouve spent his life working on his ranch, in his community and for the state. He served in the Montana Legislature for 35 years, 20 of them as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
He didn't seek greater glory than serving his constituents.
Dorothy Bradley, who served in the state House with Bardanouve, said Bardanouve had every opportunity to...