Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 236


Frank Murray was born March 12, 1949 in Bangor, Maine. He attended St. John’s Elementary School, John Bapst High School and the University of Maine at Orono and majored in Mathematics. When he was 20, he ran for a seat in Maine State Legislature and won. He served until 1974 when he ran for Senate unsuccessfully and then Secretary of State unsuccessfully. After his defeats, he taught for a couple of years and then went to Catholic University in Washington, D.C. to earn his doctorate in Theology. At the time of this interview, he was serving as a priest in Bangor, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: growing up in Bangor, Maine; his father’s involvement in politics; his term in the Maine State Legislature; his father’s role in Muskie's 1954 campaign; Bob Murray; priesthood as another public service; his role as delegate to the state and national conventions; 1972 National Democratic Convention, how it differed from Chicago and how it differs from them today; Elmer Violette; Severin Beliveau; President Carter and Murray's ride on Air Force One in 1978; the Human Rights Commission; Ed Muskie, and Ken Curtis.

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.