Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 424


William J. “Bill” Smith was born December 28, 1942 in Van Buren, Maine and grew up there. He graduated from Boston College and Georgetown Law School, then served in the Army for two years, spending one year in Vietnam. Upon returning to Van Buren, he worked in Elmer Violette’s law firm. His mother is John Martin’s sister, making John his uncle, although they are only one year apart in age. At the time of this interview in 2004, Smith was serving in the Maine Legislature as a representative from Van Buren.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Elmer Violette and his work on the Allagash Waterway bill; John Martin and the influence of Claude Martin and Elmer Violette; and theVan Buren, Maine area.

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.