Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 397


Robert S. Strauss, a Texas native, founded the law firm in which he still practices in 1945. He was Democratic National Committee Chairman from 1973 to 1976, Jimmy Carter’s campaign manager in 1976 and 1980, special trade representative for President Carter in 1977, and his personal representative in the Middle East negotiations. He was U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union/Russian Federation during the transition in that country.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: first recollection of Muskie; 1972 presidential campaign; personal impressions of Muskie; Lyndon Johnson; Watergate; social interactions with Muskie; Muskie dropping out of the primary; George McGovern; Secretary of State, 1980-1981; and Muskie’s post public office years.

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.