Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 107


Peter Kyros, Jr. was born on August 21, 1948 in Kittery, Maine to Peter and Alice Kyros. His parents were of Greek ancestry; his father served in the Navy until 1954, attended law school, and returned to Maine where he began practicing law and politics. Peter, Jr. attended public schools in Portland, Maine, then Yale University. While attending Yale, he worked on several campaigns including his father’s, Peter Kyros, Sr., and Edmund S. Muskie’s. He graduated from Yale in 1970 and University of Virginia Law School in 1975. He worked for Walter Mondale in 1976. He married in 1994. He passed away December 25, 2003.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: his father’s career; the Greek community; family involvement with politics; education; debate; the 1954 gubernatorial campaign; Muskie’s1955 to 1956 term as governor; the 1956 gubernatorial campaign; the 1968 vice presidential campaign; Muskie’s support for Peter Kyros, Sr. in his 1966 campaign; the effect of Muskie’s influence on Maine’s significance to national politics; and George Mitchell.

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.