Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 411


Joseph A. Mackey, Jr. was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 22, 1947. His father, Joseph Mackey, was an attorney, and his mother, Margaret Mackey, was a teacher. At the time of this interview in 2003, she was 93 years old. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his degree in English Literature. Mackey moved to Maine in 1970, and later went to law school at the University of Maine in 1973. He worked on many Democratic campaigns in the state of Maine, and also worked on the presidential Campaign of Jimmy Carter.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family politics; politics concerning the Vietnam War; Jimmy Carter presidential campaign; Ken Curtis; Carter’s “peanut people”; John Martin; Maine State Legislature; term limits; George Mitchell; Muskie and Carter campaigns working together; Ed Muskie; legal counsel to the Maine Senate; Charlie Pray; Louis Jalbert; Larry Benoit; Muskie in Portland, Maine; Jane Muskie; and Bob Monks.

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.