Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 135


Paul A. Cote was born in Lewiston, Maine on January 13, 1930. He attended St. Patrick’s parochial schools and Lewiston High School, Colby College and Boston University Law School. He belonged to the Young Republicans, and became a municipal court judge under Governor John H. Reed, 1960-1965. He was Chair of the school board in 1962, nominated by Georges Rancourt, and Chair of the failed Charter Commission in 1970. He died October 12, 2003.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: reflections on the Great Depression; WWII; 1941; worked as Margaret Chase Smith’s campaign coordinator in Androscoggin County for her last term; Margaret Chase Smith/Paul Fullam controversy; president of Young Republicans; Louis Jalbert and September elections; 1960 Kennedy’s visit to Lewiston; Frank Coffin; 1960 Election as an anomaly in Maine politics, with 94% of those eligible voting in Lewiston; Ed Beauchamp; Adrian Cote vs. Armand Dufresne for 1940 Androscoggin County judge of probate; question of state regulation of milk prices in mid-50s; Irish/French relations; Adrian Cote’s association with Sumner Sewall; 1970 Charter revision attempt failed; Finance board/Mayor tensions; and Ed Robinson.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.