Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 098


David Flanagan was born in Bangor, Maine on June 39, 1947. He grew up in Bangor, Hampden, then, Portland where he attended Deering High School. He was the eldest of eight children. His mother, Constance Flanagan, was a registered nurse, and his father, Thomas Flanagan, was an insurance claims adjustor for the USF&G Company. His family was Catholic. He attended Harvard University where he studied history and government, and then went on to the University of London, Kings College, to get a master’s degree, and returned to Boston College Law School on a scholarship. He worked on the congressional campaign of Peter Kyros, Sr., and did some work for Elmer Violette and Governor Curtis. At the time of the interview he was running as an Independent candidate for Governor of Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: the death of Clinton Clauson; ethnic diversity in Portland in the 1960s; economy in Maine in the 1960s and major companies that dominated it; debating opportunities at Deering High School; teenage Democrats at Deering High School; work on Peter Kyros, Sr.’s Congressional campaign; Governor Brennan; impressions and general recollections of Muskie; and Muskie as founder of modern anti-pollution era.

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.