Gerald “Gerry” Talbot was born on October 28, 1931 in Bangor, Maine and attended Bangor High School. He worked as a chef at the Bangor House, and then joined the Army for three years. He later worked in the Portland Community Center, and for the Portland Gannett newspapers. He was elected president of the Portland, Maine NAACP in 1964, and also served as vice president of the New England NAACP. He served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives and has been a member of the Board of Visitors at the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.
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Robitaille, Jeremy, "Talbot, Gerald "Gerry" oral history interview" (2001). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 383.