Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 413


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.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Lewiston-Auburn and state politics from the 1940s on; 1954 campaign and thoughts on Ed Muskie; Frank Coffin; Louis Jalbert; Ken Curtis; and Mechanic Falls, Maine.

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.