Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 234


J. Harold McQuade was born in Mexico, Maine in 1919 to Cecilia (Edmunds) and Edwin Daniel McQuade. He grew up in the Rumford-Mexico area, and attended the public schools and was captain of the ski team. After high school, McQuade worked for the Oxford Paper Mill. He graduated from Boston University, and returned to Rumford to own and operate an insurance firm. He eventually got out of the insurance field and opened a travel agency, handling accounts including the Oxford Paper Mill. He is a lifelong Republican, but supported and contributed to Ed Muskie’s campaigns. He had minimal personal contact with Muskie, but did have connections to him through the Rumford community and his family’s political background. Mr. McQuade was part of the effort to raise money for and construct the Muskie Memorial in Rumford, which was dedicated in August of 2000.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Mexico and Rumford community history; family background; Oxford Paper Company; family politics; personal encounters with Muskie; the Muskie family in Rumford; Republican politics; insurance and travel industries; Muskie Memorial; Waterville Office; and Muskie’s legacy.

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.