Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 318


John Delahanty was born to Jeanne (Clifford) and Thomas E. Delahanty on March 26, 1948 in Lewiston, Maine. His father was a political activist, Congressional candidate, Muskie supporter, and Maine superior court judge. John was educated in the Lewiston public schools, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1970. That same year he worked on Muskie’s Senate campaign. After college, he served in Vietnam as a Captain in the Army. He returned to Lewiston to substitute teach, and work for Senator Muskie as a Maine Affairs staff person. He then attended Boston College School of Law, and went to work for Pierce Atwood in Portland. He is a partner in the firm, specializing in environmental law.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Lewiston, Maine 1950 to 1970; Maine Democratic Party 1950s to1970s; Bowdoin College; Vietnam War; driving Senator Muskie in the 1970 Senate campaign; observations of Muskie’s 1972 presidential campaign; Muskie’s character; Muskie’s late career; and Gayle Cory.

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.