John G. Lepley was born to generations of Montanan’s, John G. “Jack” Lepley and grew up in Fort Benton where he still resides. He received a B.S degree from the University of Montana-Missoula in 1950 and an M.S. from the same institution in 1961. For years Jack taught and coached at Fort Benton High School, where he was the chairman of the Science Department from 1960 until his retirement in 1993. His community involvement has been consistent through the years-ranging from stints on the city and country planning boards (1980-1990) to terms as a councilman for the City of Fort Benton (1980-1988) to work as the executive director of the River and Plains Society Board of Trustees (1986-present).

Governor Brian Schweitzer appointed Mr. Lepley to the Board of Trustees of the Montana Historical Society in 2005 for a full five-year term. Jack has been the driving force behind the several museums and historic sites in/near Fort Benton, has devoted terms to both the Montana Historic Preservation Review Board (1980-1988) and has been a director of the Museums Association of Montana since 1999, and served on the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission 1997-2006.

John G. Lepley, Montana Ag Museum
PO Box 262
Fort Benton, MT 59442
(406) 622-5316