Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 215


John Day was born in Portland, Maine on May 15, 1941 and grew up in Harrison, Maine. He attended Bridgton High School and the University of Maine at Orono, where he graduated in 1963, majoring in Journalism and Political Science. In 1963 he began working for the Bangor Daily News. In 1971 he replaced Kent Ward as BDN correspondent covering the state house in Augusta. In 1978 he was sent to Washington D.C. where he was the first full time Maine reporter to be sent to Washington. He covered Edmund S. Muskie during his tenure as Secretary of State, traveling extensively.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1969-1972 presidential campaign; 1976 Senate campaign; 1980-1981 Secretary of State; Canuck letter hoax; Chair of Senate Budget Committee; environmental protection; Vietnam War; Democratic Party in Maine; community history of Harrison, Maine; Maine Indian Lands Claim Suit; John Martin; insight into dynamic of partisan politics; stories about May Craig; General Frank Lowe; SDS group at the University of Maine, Orono in early 1960s; Maine gubernatorial race of 1974; presidential election of 2000; and the anecdote about why Muskie received the committee assignments he received.

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.