Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 099


Charles McCurdy Mathias, Jr. was born July 24, 1922 in Frederick, Maryland. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While there, he served as Captain in the Naval Reserve. He went to college at Yale and then to Haverford in 1944. He received a law degree from the University of Maryland Law School in 1949. He practiced law in Frederick, Maryland and served as a Representative and Senator of Maryland. From 1953 to 1954, he was the Assistant Attorney General of Maryland. Several years later, he was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was elected to the Eighty-seventh Congress as a Republican. At the time of this interview he lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland and he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: political involvement and history; memories of Ed Muskie; the sense of civility in Congress; Iranian hostage crisis; U.S. Navy memories; civil rights and environmental issues in the Senate; and Muskie’s style, personality and characteristics.

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.