Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Brian O'Doherty

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 133


Paul Dionne was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1942. He attended Lewiston St. Peters, Lewiston High School, Kents Hill prep school for one year in 1960, and Providence College. He was a 2nd lieutenant in the army. He was at Fort Knox from 1967-69, and then Fort Gordon in Georgia. He then spent one year in Vietnam, receiving a Bronze Star. He went to Maine Law, graduating in 1972. He was on the finance board and later mayor of Lewiston from 1979-82. He then practiced litigation law and some criminal law for two years. He began his own firm in 1987. At the time of this interview he was Executive Director of the Worker’s Compensation Board.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1980-81 Secretary of State; Vietnam War; Democratic Party in Maine; transportation grant for Lewiston, Maine; Nestle; Angeline (Paul Dionne’s mother) instrumental in formation of seamstress union; Lewiston/Auburn campus of USM; economic transitions in Lewiston with downfall of Bates Mill; Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council; Maine government shutdown in 1993 over workers’ compensation disputes; National League of Cities; Roland “Rollo” Landry; Louis Jalbert; Paul Couture; and Hal Gosselin.

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.