|Edmund Sixtus Muskie
Senator, Vice-Presidential Candidate,
Secretary of State
Born in Rumford, Maine, on
March 28, 1914.
Married Jane Frances
Gray on May 29, 1948.
Children: Stephen, Ellen, Melinda, Martha, Edmund
Died in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 1996.
Interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Attended public schools in Rumford.
Graduated from Bates College (as class president
and member of Phi Beta Kappa) in 1936 with
degrees in both history and government.
Graduated cum laude from Cornell
University Law School in 1939.
Served on U.S. Navy destroyer
escorts in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters
during World War II.
Left the service as a Lieutenant in 1946.
Admitted to the Massachusetts
Bar in 1939, and to the Maine Bar in 1940.
Practiced law in Waterville, Maine, until
beginning political career.
Member and secretary of the Waterville
Board of Zoning Adjustment, 1948-1955.
District Director for the Maine Office of Price
City Solicitor for Waterville, 1954.
Elected to the Maine House of Representatives,
1946, 1948, and 1950.
Democratic Floor Leader, 1949-1951.
Governor of Maine, 1955-1959.
Elected as a Democrat to the United States
Senate, 1958, 1964, 1970, 1976;served January 3,
1959 to May 7, 1980.
Chairman of the Committee on the Budget, 93rd
through 96th Congresses.
Unsuccessful candidate for Vice-President,
Humphrey, in 1968.
Unsuccessful candidate for Democratic
presidential nomination in 1972.
Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Jimmy Carter,
May 8, 1980-January 18, 1981.
Conducted the first high-level meeting with
the Soviet government after its December 1979
invasion of Afghanistan.
Resumed practice of law, in Washington, D.C.,
after Carter's term ended.
Served on the "Tower Commission,"
which investigated the "Iran-Contra
Affair," in 1987.
Biographical Directory of the United
States Congress http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=m001121
New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/27/us/edmund-s-muskie-81-dies-maine-senator-and-a-power-on-the-national-scene.html?pagewanted=all
U.S. Department of State, Office of the
World War II
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