Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 284


Jim Henderson was born in St. Albans, New York in 1941. He moved to Anson, Maine when he was five. His father was appointed sheriff of Somerset County by Muskie. His mother, a big Muskie supporter, shared his Polish heritage. He attended Skowhegan schools and graduated in 1960. He began college studying physics at Carnegie Mellon University, then graduated from University of Maine with a degree in Political Science. He taught at the University of Maine and Texas University. He was elected to the Bangor city counsel, then the Maine State Legislature (D), where he was on the Judiciary Committee. He was Deputy Secretary of State after his term in the legislature ended. He then became the state archivist, a position he held at the time of this interview.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Conservation Corps; Somerset County history, particularly political atmosphere and law/judicial practices; State Archives; the Penobscot River Project; Governor Longley's budgetary actions; 1976 national convention; and Muskie stories.

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.