Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 442


Matthew Lifflander was born in New York in 1932. He lived for the first fourteen years of his life in New York City and then moved to the Bronx. Lifflander developed an interest in politics and went to law school at Cornell. It was at Cornell that Lifflander was first exposed to Ed Muskie when the Young Democrats invited Governor Muskie to speak. Lifflander continued to keep a correspondence with Muskie after his visit and eventually went on to work for him during the 1968 and 1972 campaigns. Lifflander worked as the treasurer of the New York campaign committee for Muskie and his official title was the regional finance director for the northeast.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family and educational background; Cornell Law School; meeting Ed Muskie; story involving Averell Harriman and Ed Muskie; coming to work for Muskie; Muskie’s decision to run for president; fundraising; “Suit Story”; recollections about Muskie’s character and personality; New Hampshire incident and William Loeb; Muskie’s thoughts on fundraising; and final lasting stories and recollections about Muskie.

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.