Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 277


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.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Cornell Law School; 1968 vice presidential campaign; environmental protection; Vietnam War; Republican Party in Maine; Democratic Party in Maine; Maine turnpike history; Sunday River Ski Resort; Les Otten; 1956 campaigns; 1958 campaigns; and William Bingham.

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.