John Freshman was born July 6, 1946 in Miami Beach, Florida. His father, Desmond Freshman, was in the Foreign Service, so he spent his early education in Germany and his high school years in Maryland. He worked for Senator Richard Schweiker, Vermont governor and then Congressman Robert Stafford and Senator Edmund S. Muskie. He was and is very active with issues of air and water pollution, especially “clean water” issues.
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