Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 174


Mary Ellen Twombly was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts on July 16, 1942 to Ruth (Nadeau) and Jim Twombly. Her grandfather, Guy Twombly, was one of the earliest Democrats in Waldo County, and was a staunch supporter of Ed Muskie. Her parents were also Democrats. She was educated in Maine schools, attending the University of Maine at Orono from 1960-1962 and from 1964-1966; she earned a degree in journalism. After college, Mary Ellen worked for the Rockland Courier Gazette, before being hired by Ben Dorsky to work for the Maine State Federated Labor Council. She then went to work for the Washington, DC newspapers covering labor issues.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of Guy Twombly; early Maine Democratic politics; University of Maine in the 1960s; Ounegean Woolen Mills strike; Maine labor organizations; Ben Dorsky; 1960s labor movement; working in Washington, DC in the 1970s; 1968 Maine Democratic convention; Muskie in Washington; Watergate break-in; White House conspiracy theories; protests in Washington, DC; 1973 Congressional hearings; and Muskie’s eightieth birthday.

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.