Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 265


Richard Hildreth was born on March 10, 1928 in Washington, D.C. His father was a Democratic National Committee member from the District of Columbia and chairman of the Truman inauguration in 1949. Richard was active in the Young Democrats. He attended George Washington University Law School and practiced law in Washington D.C.

Marie Hildreth was born on July 17, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended George Washington University where she met and married Richard Hildreth. She met Jane Muskie at the hairdresser’s and they developed a lifelong friendship.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; Marie’s coming to Washington; meeting Jane Muskie; meeting Ed Muskie; golfing; debating McGovern; New Hampshire incident; Campobello; Ed Muskie’s mother; Secret Service; Muskie as an auctioneer; Jane during campaigns; China Lake; and general recollections of Jane and Ed Muskie.

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.