Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 332


Alex MacNichol was born March 12, 1935 in Portland, and grew up in Eastport, Maine. He served in the Army for three years after high school, and then studied law. He practiced with the firm Jackson and MacNichol in Portland. His mother, Genevieve (Roche) MacNichol, was secretary to Dexter Cooper when he proposed the Passmaquoddy Tidal Dam project. His father, Alexander MacNichol, Sr., worked with Ed Muskie as superintendent of RCIPC (Roosevelt- Campobello International Park Commission).

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1956 gubernatorial election polls; early recollections of Muskie; Armand Hammer and Campobello; Dexter Cooper; Alexander MacNichol and Ed Muskie; Lyndon B. Johnson toilet seat anecdote; Alexander MacNichol, Ed Muskie, Lyndon Johnson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. and David MacNichol drinking anecdote; Alexander’s appointment to Muskie’s staff ; MacNichol family history; Letete, Eastport history; “Goddamn the Republicans” song; Frank Coffin; Sumner Pike and Pike family; 1946 Eleanor Roosevelt visit to Campobello; Queen Mother visit to Campobello; Lady Bird Johnson visit to Campobello; and the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park Commission (RCIPC).

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.