Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Greg Beam

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 209


Ginger Jordan-Hillier was born in Augusta, Maine on May 7, 1952 to Richard and Lucille Jordan. She lived in Millinocket, Maine until 1966 when her family moved to the small town of Orland, Maine. She attended St. Anselms College in New Hampshire and in September of 1971, when she was a sophomore, she worked for Ed Muskie’s campaign office. After the New Hampshire primary, she returned to school. In 1973, she transferred to the University of Maine in Farmington and became very active in politics, including registering voters. After graduating with a degree in special education, she spent a year working for Phil Merrill. She worked for Muskie on two other occasions: his 1976 Senate campaign and the coordination of his 80th birthday party. After 1976, she went to work in Bangor as a child care worker at a home for adolescent boys with emotional and behavioral problems. At the time of this interview she was working for the State of Maine Department of Conservation.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Millinocket, Maine; Orland, Maine; Ed Muskie’s 1969-1972 campaign; Mafia; The Ugly American; Muskie’s jokes; Election Day; anecdote concerning the Secret Service and Hugh Gallen; William Loeb; McGovern; New Hampshire primary, 1972; University of Maine at Farmington; young Democrats; Jack Wyman; Muskie’s bean suppers; Department of Conservation; audio tapes of Muskie supporters; Democratic Party in Maine; and 80th birthday party.

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.