Milton “Milt” Wheeler was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 14, 1908 and grew up in Lewiston, Maine. He attended Hebron Academy, where he was a state basketball champ and played football. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1932 as a history major, then went to Harvard law school and passed the Bar in 1937. For a time he served as Corporation Counsel for Lewiston. He helped establish Portland Law School, now called the University of Maine School of Law, teaching Constitutional and Administrative law. He worked for both the Office of Price Administration and the Office of Price Stabilization where he had some contact with Muskie. He was deputy attorney of the Urban Renewal Authority for New York and New England (HUD) as well as an attorney for the Small Business Administration until 1973. His wife, Mildred F. Wheeler, was a representative in the Maine legislature from Portland. He worked on Peter N. Kyros’s campaign and was a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention.
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