Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 183


Sam Shapiro was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania on August 26, 1927. His parents were Maurice and Anna (Silver) Shapiro. His father was born in the Ukraine and his mother in Lithuania. He joined the Navy for two years in 1945, then went to the University of Pittsburg on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1952. He married and moved to Waterville in 1953 and served as treasurer for Maine Democratic Party for 13 years. He also ran several furniture stores with his father-in-law. He served as state treasurer for 16 years 1980-1997, during the Brennan, McKernan and King administrations. He was temporary chairman of the state democratic convention from the 1970s-2000.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1954 Maine gubernatorial campaign; 1958 U.S. Senate campaign; political parties in Maine; Democratic National Committee; story about Muskie’s near campaign for President in 1976; 1958 Maine gubernatorial campaign primary: Clauson vs. Dolloff; fundraising; anecdote about Clinton campaigning in Maine in 1992; and stories about Brownsville, Pennsylvania during the Depression.

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.