Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 182


Louis “Sandy” Maisel was born on October 25, 1945 in Buffalo, New York. Maisel attended Harvard where he became involved with various campus and political organizations. Maisel went on to attend Columbia for his graduate work, where he received his Ph.D. in Political Science. In 1971, he settled in Maine, working on Bill Hathaway’s campaign for Senate and teaching at Colby College. In 1978, Maisel ran unsuccessfully in the congressional primary in Maine. At the time of this interview he was teaching at Colby.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: college experiences; first impression of Ed Muskie; coming to Maine; family background; evolution of political parties in Maine; 1992-1994 Maine politics; important figures in Maine politics in the last 50 years; Waterville town-gown relations; Muskie’s legacy in Maine and nationally; current trends in Maine politics; and term limits.

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.