Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 330


Richard E. “Dick” Barringer was born on November 21, 1937 and grew up in Charlestown, Massachusetts. His father was captain of the guard at the Charles Street jail and his mother was the daughter of Portuguese immigrants. He attended Harvard and served in the Coast Guard from 1959 to 1967. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from MIT, then taught at Harvard. He is the author of two books: The Maine Manifest and Changes. He became
Director of Public Lands in Maine in 1973, and was appointed Commissioner of Conservation in 1975. He ran for governor of Maine in 1994. He is married to Martha Freeman, daughter of Stan and Madeleine Freeman, who is the author of the book: Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background and education; environmental protection (bug worm infestation); Charlestown, Massachusetts; voting scandal; 1980s education reform; Maine university system and the relationships between them; Muskie School for Public Service; and the Maine Education Commission.

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.