Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 151


James E. Poulin was born March 23, 1910 in Waterville, Maine to Dr. James Poulin, Sr. and Mary (McGinn) Poulin. His father was a physician and his mother was a nurse. He attended Colby College and then went to medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency at the University of Maryland and later went to The Johns Hopkins University. After college, James settled in Waterville to raise a family and practice medicine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; Waterville community and education; Colby College; campaigns with Ed Muskie; dinner parties with the Muskies; community perceptions of Muskie; conversations with Ed Muskie; personal career and family life; Muskie’s political work for Waterville and Maine; and local environmental effects.

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.