Phillip Leroy Merrill was born in Portland, Maine on November 19, 1945, and raised in Cumberland, Maine. He was raised in a fairly democratic family and was interested in politics in high school, attended town meetings, debated, and participated in the first youth senate program, where he shadowed Edmund S. Muskie. He attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine and double majored in History and Political Science. He worked on Gene McCarthy’s and Bobby Kennedy’s campaigns while in college. After graduating, he attended the University of Maine School of Law and became a state legislator from Portland, Maine. Merrill was asked to research the Indian Land claim issue for Muskie. In 1978, Merrill ran against Brennan in the Democratic primary for governor of Maine. He ran in the Democratic primary for Congress in 1982, but lost to John Kerry. He also ran Joe Brennan’s campaign for Congress in 1994 and 1996. At the time of this interview he lived in Appleton, Maine.
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