Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 141


Delia North Davis was born on August 28, 1914 in Southborough, Massachusetts where she has lived most of her life. Her father, William North Davis, was a representative of United Shoe Machinery and her mother, Eva Bell Landry Davis, was a bookkeeper, but did not continue after having children. Her family, particularly her father, was Republican. Delia Davis became a Democrat, as did one of her brothers. They came from a Republican community and her father was on the Republican town committee. They had seven children of which Delia Davis was the second. She and all four of her brothers attended Bates College and she was in the class of 1936, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Government and History. She was involved in the Greek Club, a Christian association, and the Spofford Club. She often attended debates where Ed Muskie spoke. After college, she taught U.S. History and English in Harvard, Massachusetts. She then went on to teach at LaSalle College and then to St. Margaret’s private school in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Southborough, Massachusetts during the Depression; ethnic breakdown in Southborough; impressions of Ed Muskie; Democratic Party under Franklin D. Roosevelt; perceptions of how the Republican and Democratic parties have changed since the Depression; and Bates College 1932-1936.

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.