Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 112


Phil Isaacson was born in Lewiston, Maine on June 19, 1924. He attended Lewiston primary schools. He spent his first two years of high school at Lewiston High School and his second two at Hebron Academy. He attended Bates College where he was a part of the V-12 naval officer’s program. He was in the Navy from the tail end of World War II until 1946. He returned to Bates and graduated in 1947. He then entered Harvard Law School where he concentrated on corporate law. He practiced law with his father for almost 25 years. He served on the Lewiston Board of Finance and as Corporation Counsel under Malenfant, Rancourt, and Beliveau. He was also the Assistant County Attorney.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1952-1954 Maine Democratic Party; 1954 Maine gubernatorial campaign; 1958 U.S. Senate campaign; 1960 Kennedy-Johnson Presidential campaign; Republican Party in Maine; Democratic Party in Maine; Lewiston community history; social clubs as political arenas; clubs as a source of man power for campaigns; new city charter; corporate counsel; Lewiston mayors in the 1950s; Bobby Clifford’s take on the new charter; Judge of probate; the campaign manager for John C. Donovan; Muskie anecdote; Louis Jalbert’s referral to himself as “Mr. Democrat”; and Louis Brann with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.

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.