Arnold L. Leavitt was born April 30, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved with his family to Maine at age 10, when his father became owner of a lumber mill in Mechanic Falls. His father died in the mid 1940s, while Arnold was in the service. Leavitt graduated from Bates College in the class of 1943, and was a member of the debate team under Brooks Quimby. He became active in local and state Democratic politics, serving as Town Chair and later as County Chair for the nearly three decades. Around 1970, he worked on Governor Ken Curtis’ staff as the Veterans Coordinator.
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