John Delahanty was born to Jeanne (Clifford) and Thomas E. Delahanty on March 26, 1948 in Lewiston, Maine. His father was a political activist, Congressional candidate, Muskie supporter, and Maine superior court judge. John was educated in the Lewiston public schools, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1970. That same year he worked on Muskie’s Senate campaign. After college, he served in Vietnam as a Captain in the Army. He returned to Lewiston to substitute teach, and work for Senator Muskie as a Maine Affairs staff person. He then attended Boston College School of Law, and went to work for Pierce Atwood in Portland. He is a partner in the firm, specializing in environmental law.
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