Denis Blais was born in Canada and moved to Rhode Island at age three. He dropped out of school at age fourteen to work as a stock clerk at a textile mill in order to support his family. From 1943-1946, he served as a surgical technician in England. He married while in the military. He was very involved in the unions, becoming coordinator of all American unions. He supported Muskie through union involvement. Blais was also involved in civil rights and IWOA.
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Nicoll, Don; O'Brien, Stuart; and Chavira, Rob, "Blais, Denis oral history interview" (1998). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 41.