Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 118


Roland Landry was born in Lewiston, Maine on April 30, 1928. He was the ninth of 16 children. He went to St. Dominic’s Regional High School, where he played hockey, and then attended St. Francis College in Biddeford. After college he began his own printing shop. He was appointed to the parking authority in 1959. During 1961 and 1962 he served for two terms as Alderman for Ward 3. He was appointed to a five-year term on the Lewiston Fire Commission. In 1964 he defeated Nelson Peters for a seat on the County Commission and he served on the committee for 16 years. He headed the inauguration planning group in 1964 and was named its chairman in 1965. He was elected the Secretary of Treasury for the Maine County Commissioner Association in 1969. He was the program director for the state administration of Emergency Employment Act in 1971. He served on the Board of Directors at the National Association of Counties for two terms. He was named to the planning board in Lewiston in 1979. He has served as the Coordinator of Maine-Canadian Affairs since 1980.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Maine Legislature 1946-1949; 1955-1956 gubernatorial term; 1957-1958 gubernatorial term; 1958 U.S. Senate campaign; 1968 vice presidential campaign; 1969-72 presidential campaign; 1970 U.S. Senate campaign; Roosevelt-Campobello International Park Committee (RCIPC); Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) (CETA Program); Emergency Employment Act of 1971; Democratic Party in Maine; Lewiston community history; Lewiston during the Great Depression; Roland’s brother being killed in World War II; vigilantes organization; delegate to 1968 Democratic National Convention; Louis Philippe Gagne’s political career; and insight into Franco-American culture in Lewiston.

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.