Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 342


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.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: early childhood in the Blaine House; moving to Washington, D.C.; relationship with Steve Muskie; China Lake camp; golf; old-fashioned outlook about girls; impact of the 1968 and 1972 campaigns; Vietnam War opposition; politics in the Muskie home; Muskie’s career after 1972; Muskie’s love for Maine; Gayle Cory; and Muskie’s temper.

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.