Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 171


David Farnham Emery was born on September 1, 1948 in Rockland, Maine. His father was a bookkeeper, accountant, and golfer (he also played baseball for the University of Pennsylvania), and his mother was a nurse. Both parents served in the military during World War II, his father as a staff sergeant and his mother as an officer. He grew up in a Republican family and was an only child. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1967- 1970. He was elected to the Maine legislature immediately after graduation, during the Vietnam War. In 1974 he was elected a U.S. Congressman when Nixon was in office. He also served as deputy director of the U.S. Arms Control Agency.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Rockland, Maine community; first Earth Day (Spring 1970); campaign between Peter Kyros, Sr. and David Emery; Loring Air Force Base; Bath Iron Works; 1972 Republican National Convention; David Emery and George Mitchell in 1982; Margaret Chase Smith; Science and Technology Committee; Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee; Armed Services Committee; Marine Conservation Management Act; Threshold Test Ban Treaty/ Limited Test Ban Treaty; Ronald Reagan; Jimmy Carter; George Mitchell; and Emery’s view on Muskie’s greatest achievements in Maine.

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.