Roger Vinton Snow, Jr. was born in Portland, Maine on June 10, 1918. His father was a corporate and probate lawyer and moderator of Falmouth town meetings. Alida, his mother, was chairman of the Republican town committee. Roger attended Waynflete until the 4th grade, and then Portland Country Day School, Lincoln Junior H. S., Deering H. S., and Deerfield Academy. At Williams College his major was French, with a minor in Spanish, graduating in the class of 1940. During World War II he worked for W. R. Grace in New York, a New England Shipbuilding Corporation. After the war, he worked for a bottle modification plant in Cheyenne, WY, Canal Bank, Kennebec Journal and then the Portland Press Herald for seven years. He organized KJ for American Newspaper Guild and was vice president of the union. He later became publisher of the Westbrook American. He changed his political party enrollment from Republican to Democrat the day Kennedy was assassinated. He ran for Maine Senate and won in 1964, where he was Chair of the Education Committee. He was also a member of the Committee on Welfare.
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