Paul A. MacDonald was born in Jefferson, Maine on May 5, 1911. His father was a farmer and his mother was a homemaker. He had a brother and a sister. Paul attended Suffolk Law School , then worked as a clerk on the Legal Affairs Committee. He worked as a deputy for Secretary of State Harold Goss, and later served as judge until 1993.
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