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.
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