Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 431


Mary Ellen Johnson was born on August 22, 1948 in Bangor, Maine to Richard Albert Kiah and Madelin Frances (Jones) Kiah. Her mother’s father and uncle, Billy and Garfield Jones, were very active Democrats in the Millinocket area. Her mother involved her in local and national politics extensively during her childhood. Her father became active too, serving as mayor of Brewer at one time. She graduated from the University of Maine, Orono in 1970. At the time of this interview she was teaching.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: politics in the family; 1954 Maine gubernatorial campaign; 1958 Senate campaign; anecdote about Eleanor Roosevelt; “Uncle Garf” Garfield Jones; 1956 Democratic State Convention; Democratic National Convention; 1960 presidential campaign; 1968 vice presidential campaign; and the 1980 Senate campaign.

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.