Robert Chassie was born in Woodland, Maine in 1914. He grew up in Rumford, Maine. He went to Albany, New York to work for Montgomery Ward. He attended Farmington Normal School (later known as Farmington State Teacher’s College), from which he graduated in 1937. He was a major in the Army during World War II and spent 12 years in the Reserves. He met Ed Muskie, whom he knew from Rumford, once again in 1952 when he was campaigning for Governor. Lucy, Ed Muskie’s sister, was his classmate and later worked for him. He recruited Republicans to vote for Muskie.
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