Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Mike Richard

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 145


John C. Orestis was born March 8, 1943 in Lewiston, Maine. He attended Lewiston schools, Georgetown University and American University Law School. John served in the 105th Maine legislature, 1971-1972. He was involved with Model Cities and was Committee Chair of the task force on Housing, National League of Cities (Board of Directors); budget and audit committee; president of the Maine Municipal Association in 1975; corporation counsel for mayors Beliveau and Clifford, and mayor of Lewiston from 1973-1976. He practiced law 1968- 1986, and then began a nursing home business.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1954 Maine gubernatorial campaign; 1969-1972 presidential campaign; environmental protection; Model Cities, Lewiston; Greek community in Lewiston and Maine; big box voting; social clubs and voting in Lewiston; anecdote about 1954 campaign about picklemaker; U. S. Conference of Mayors; National League of Cities; Maine Legislature; Louis Jalbert; Democratic National Convention in Miami 1972; Maine Municipal Association; Tax Reform Act of 1986; Severin Beliveau; Bill Hathaway; John Baldacci; Margaret Chase Smith; David Emery; and Olympia Snowe.

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.