Stanley Tupper was born on January 25, 1921 in Boston Massachusetts. He grew up in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the oldest of six children. His father, an alum of Boston University, worked as a lawyer. His mother was a housewife; both were Democrats. He attended public schools in Boothbay Harbor, and spent one year at Hebron Academy. He entered Middlebury College in 1939 as an English Literature major. He joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1942 and attended LaSalle Extension University, in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the United States Navy from September 1944 to March 1946. He returned to Boothbay Harbor and served on the board of selectman in 1948 and as the chairman in 1949. He took a summer refresher course at Portland University School of Law and passed the Maine bar in 1949. He was Gov. Burton Cross’s Lincoln County campaign manager in 1952 and in the Maine House of Representatives in 1953. He served as State Commissioner of Sea and Shore Fisheries from 1953 to 1957, then as assistant State attorney general from 1959 to 1960. He served as a Republican in Congress in Maine’s District 2 from 1961 to 1963 and then in District 1 from 1963 to 1967. He was also a member of the Wednesday Group—liberal Republican members of Congress. Stan Tupper also served as Maine’s representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Tupper resumed the practice of law in 1968 and, at the time of the interview, lived in Boothbay Harbor.
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Nicoll, Don; Chavira, Rob; and O'Brien, Stuart, "Tupper, Stanley oral history interview" (1998). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 392.