Alex MacNichol was born March 12, 1935 in Portland, and grew up in Eastport, Maine. He served in the Army for three years after high school, and then studied law. He practiced with the firm Jackson and MacNichol in Portland. His mother, Genevieve (Roche) MacNichol, was secretary to Dexter Cooper when he proposed the Passmaquoddy Tidal Dam project. His father, Alexander MacNichol, Sr., worked with Ed Muskie as superintendent of RCIPC (Roosevelt- Campobello International Park Commission).
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