John P. Mitchell was born on March 18, 1927 in Waterville, Maine. He attended Waterville schools and was active in the Boy’s Club and the football, basketball and baseball teams. He served in the military for two years at the end of WWII. He attended University of Rhode Island and became a basketball coach, coaching at Colby College at the time of this interview in 1999. He is the brother of Paul Mitchell, George Mitchell, and Barbara (Mitchell) Atkins, all of whom were interviewed for this project.
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Richard, Mike, "Mitchell, John oral history interview" (1999). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 276.