Damon Stetson was born August 1, 1915 in Hanover, Massachusetts. He attended Bates College where he took part in cross-country track and student reporting. He was an English major with the senior honors thesis topic: Charles Dickens: a social reformer. He graduated with honors in the class of 1936. He attended Columbia, receiving a master’s of science degree, and then began work with the Newark Evening News. He served in the Navy (intelligence) during World War II, and then worked for the New York Times, eventually in labor reporting. He headed the Detroit bureau of the Times in 1955. Erik Remsen, the interviewer, was a Bates College student and grandson of Damon.
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Remsen, Erik, "Stetson, Damon oral history interview" (2001). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 374.