Phil Isaacson was born in Lewiston, Maine on June 19, 1924. He attended Lewiston primary schools. He spent his first two years of high school at Lewiston High School and his second two at Hebron Academy. He attended Bates College where he was a part of the V-12 Naval officer training program. He was in the Navy from the tail end of WWII until 1946. He then returned to Bates and graduated in 1947. He then entered Harvard Law School where he concentrated on corporate law. He practiced law with his father for almost 25 years. He served on the Lewiston Board of Finance. He served as Corporation Counsel under Malenfant, Rancourt, and Beliveau. He was also the Assistant County Attorney.
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Gethin-Jones, Meredith, "Isaacson, Phil oral history interview" (1999). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 177.