Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 230


Elizabeth “Betty” (Winston) Scott was born July 28, 1915 in Taunton, Massachusetts. Her parents were Edward Joseph Winston and Bernice Elizabeth Capron Winston. She grew up in Atlantic, Massachusetts and went to school in North Quincy until her father’s promotion to postal inspector for northern New England prompted their move to Portland, Maine in 1928. After finishing high school in Portland, she attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she majored in English, class of 1936. After college, she taught high school Latin in South Portland. There, she met her first husband, John Levinson, and they married and moved to Chicago. In 1968, she traveled with the Muskies, particularly Jane Muskie, for the length of Ed Muskie’s vice presidential campaign.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background and childhood; father’s career in the postal service; Ed Muskie and their friendship at Bates College and his religious beliefs; Ed Muskie’s job as a bellhop at the Narragansett Hotel; John Levinson; Ed Muskie’s aspirations as a college student; pollution in Rumford, Maine; Brooks Quimby and debating; Ed Muskie as a trustee at Bates College; Bates College in the 1930s; Ed Muskie’s temper; Adlai Stevenson; Hugh Will; Chicago and Scott’s involvement in politics; 1968 Muskie campaign; Jane Muskie during the 1968 campaign; relationship between the Muskies and the Humphreys; Dick Dubord; 1972 presidential campaign and Nixon’s “dirty tricks”; and Muskie’s experience as Secretary of State.

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.