Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 247


William Frye “Bill” Hildenbrand was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania on November 28, 1921. He attended public schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. A former radio announcer, Hildenbrand went to Washington in 1957 to work for Representative Harry Haskell, and in 1961, Senator Caleb Boggs. In 1969, he became the assistant to Republican Senatorial Whip Hugh Scott, and in 1974 he was elected Republican Secretary of the Senate, retiring in 1984. Mr. Hildenbrand worked with Senator Muskie on the Air and Water Pollution Subcommittee.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: air traffic control in the 1960s; Senator J. Caleb Boggs; air and water pollution subcommittee; Muskie’s leadership on the pollution committee; automobile industry’s (Detroit) reaction to the committee; Senator Muskie’s golf game; difference between governors and senators; crossing party lines for Muskie in 1968; and the disappearance of “statesmen” in politics.

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.