Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 129


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 blonged 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: 1969-1972 presidential campaign; Republican Party in Maine; Democratic Party in Maine; Lewiston community history; political career of Rose Marie; Cote was last municipal court judge in Lewiston before it became full-time state district court; Governor’s Council; ethnic tensions growing up (French vs. Irish); anecdote about Governor Jim Longley; Old Lewiston City Charter; Paul A. Cote, Jr.’s rise to district court judgeship; Louis Jalbert’s move to eliminate September voting in Maine; 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami; Great Depression--Lewiston (Bates Mill Strikes); WGAN; and Adrian Cote (sister): first female boxing judge in the world.

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.