Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 044


Roland Marcotte was born in Lewiston on March 25, 1918 to Regina (Deshaies) and Jean Baptiste Marcotte. He was educated at St. Peter’s School of Lewiston, and graduated from Lewiston High School. In 1936, he went to work for Standard Brands, and then enlisted in the Air Force in 1940, training as a pilot. He translated for French Pilots in America during the war. In 1949, he began selling cars at Puritan Chevrolet. He then sold cars for Allard Chevrolet, which he bought and operated until he sold the company in 1982. He served as Mayor of Lewiston as a Democrat in 1952, 1953, and 1964. He has since changed his affiliation to Republican. He initiated the Lewiston Development Department in 1953, and began the rhetoric that Lewiston and Auburn should become one city. At the time of the interview, he lived in Auburn.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: military service; Lewiston/Auburn automobile dealerships; Center St. Auburn development; Lewiston snow storm election of 1951; Lewiston/Auburn tensions; relations between Franco-Americans and Yankees; Lewiston Development Department; Frank Coffin; and merging Lewiston and Auburn.

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.