Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 045


Paul A. MacDonald was born in Jefferson, Maine on May 5, 1911. His father was a farmer and his mother was a homemaker. He had a brother and a sister. Paul attended Suffolk Law School , then worked as a clerk on the Legal Affairs Committee. He worked as a deputy for Secretary of State Harold Goss, and later served as judge until 1993.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Leslie Boynton; position as Deputy Secretary of State; the Hale-Oliver recount in Washington, D.C.; the story about Muskie going to “The Rib Room” in Boston for dinner after a reception at the Harvard Club; Muskie’s campaigning with baked bean suppers in Maine; Muskie’s support of the Democratic Party and belief in a two-party system; Fred Payne and Margaret Chase Smith as politicians; Muskie’s efforts to create a Governor’s Committee on Highway Safety; and Bob Haskell.

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.