Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 355


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; 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 the 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: vice presidential campaign 1967-1968; Don Nicoll; Muskie’s personality; assistant on the Senate Public Works Committee; super sonic transport (SST); Public Works Committee; Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee; Muskie’s popularity 1968-1972; Federal Management Administration; Hurricane Camille; Jackson State funerals; environmental legislation; Clean Air Act; Water Pollution Control; National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA); Muskie’s election eve speeches; speech of 1970; 1970 Senate campaign; Muskie’s 1972 presidential campaign; Muskie firing Cutler; Jane Muskie; Democratic primary campaign strategies and failure; and losing in New Hampshire.

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.