Neil Rolde was born on July 25, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were L. Robert and Lillian Lewis Rolde. Neil’s earliest exposure to politics was from his parents, who were both moderate Republicans. However, he did not become really politically active until after he went to Phillips Andover and then Yale. At that time, he switched from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party at the behest of his friends, who were liberal political activists. After getting his Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University, Rolde married and moved to York, Maine. He became very involved with the Maine Democratic Party and worked for Ken Curtis before being elected to the Maine Legislature in 1972.
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