Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 401


Eliot Raphael Cutler was born in 1946 in Bangor, Maine. His father was a physician and his mother was an economist. His father was responsible for the reorganization of the Maine university system and the Cutler Health Center in Orono, Maine is named in his honor. As a sophomore in high school, Cutler transferred from Bangor High School to Deerfield Academy. He attended Harvard University and Georgetown Law School. While at Harvard he was involved with the Harvard Lampoon. He worked as a legislative assistant and clerk for Muskie from 1967 to 1972, and was a senior staff person at the O.M.B. during the Carter administration. He is on the Board of Visitors of the Muskie School for Public Service at University of Southern, Maine in Portland, Maine. He is also a member of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: law school; 1972 presidential campaign; Muskie’s dislike for campaigning; winning the states; media leaks; rivalry within the campaign staff; Leon Billings; Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); War Powers Act; constituent service and legislation; the Secret Service; 1968 vice presidential campaign plane staff; fear of flying; John McEvoy; Carter-Mondale campaign; NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act); NFBs; and the OMB.

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.