Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 269


Lucinda Dennis was born June 24, 1928 in Florence, South Carolina. Her father was a farmer. She went to Cortez Peters Business College in Washington, D.C. After college, she was hired by the Veterans Administration and worked there for three years. She married Emmet Jerome Dennis, a jazz musician and began work at the Department of Interior briefly, then went to the Housing and Home Finance Agency, later known as the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Through her time with Charlie Smith, she worked on legislation for the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations where she worked with Senator Muskie’s staff.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background and childhood in Florence, South Carolina; her father’s farm; her mother; Grandpa Webster; Veteran’s Administration; Department of Interior; Housing and Home Finance Agency (HUD); her husband, Emmet Jerome Dennis; Senator Muskie and the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations; Jane Muskie; Charlie Smith; and Milton Semer.

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.