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.
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