Sumner Peter Mills, III was born on June 3, 1943 in Farmington, Maine, to Katherine “Kay” and S. Peter Mills, II. Peter lived in Farmington until the age of ten when his family moved to Gorham to be closer to his father’s job, as U.S. Attorney in Portland. He graduated from Gorham High School in 1961, and went on to Harvard, and then Harvard Law School. To go to Harvard, he passed on an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy by Senator Margaret Chase Smith. His family was close to Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Peter is a member of the law firm Wright & Mills of Skowhegan, Maine. In 1994, he ran a successful race for State Senate, and at the time of the interview (2000) he was serving his third term. In 2006 he ran in the Republican primary for governor, losing to Chandler Woodcock.
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L'Hommedieu, Andrea, "Mills, S. Peter III oral history interview" (2000). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 271.