Roland Marcotte was born in Lewiston on March 25, 1918 to Regina (Deshaies) and Jean Baptiste Marcotte. He was educated at St. Peter’s School of Lewiston, and graduated from Lewiston High School. In 1936, he went to work for Standard Brands, and then enlisted in the Air Force in 1940, training as a pilot. He translated for French Pilots in America during the war. In 1949, he began selling cars at Puritan Chevrolet. He then sold cars for Allard Chevrolet, which he bought and operated until he sold the company in 1982. He served as Mayor of Lewiston as a Democrat in 1952, 1953, and 1964. He has since changed his affiliation to Republican. He initiated the Lewiston Development Department in 1953, and began the rhetoric that Lewiston and Auburn should become one city. At the time of the interview, he lived in Auburn.
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