Ellen (Muskie) Allen was born on September 22, 1950 in Waterville, Maine to Jane and Edmund S. Muskie. When her father became United States Senator, they moved to the Washington, D.C. area. As she was preparing for college, Senator Muskie was making a bid for the presidency, so she deferred to help her father out, traveling the United States. She is married to Ernie Allen and they have a son, Ethan.
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