Murray “Mike” Thurston was born March 6, 1921 in Bethel, Maine and graduated from Gould Academy and later Dartmouth College. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. Murray worked in his family’s wood turning mill. His father, Paul Thurston, ran against Louis Brann for Governor in the 1932 Democratic primary. In 1956 Murray ran unsuccessfully with Don Nicoll for the Maine Senate, and again in 1958 with Peter MacDonald and was elected. He helped found Sunday River Ski Resort. He is married to Constance Thurston.
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