Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 163


Robert G. Wade, Sr. was born in Rockland, Massachusetts on August 9, 1900. He attended Bates College, graduating in the class of 1923. He worked in a shoe factory for three years after graduation and married Nellie (Milliken) Wade in 1926. He attended Harvard Business School in 1927. He ran for the state legislature with Willis Trafton and served three terms (1945- 1951?), serving as assistant Republican floor leader and house chairman of the business legislative committee. He once served as the assistant manager of the Guild of Boston Artists. He retired from the investment business in 1986, after 42 years.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Bates College; Maine Legislature 1946-1949; 1954 Maine gubernatorial campaign; 1956 Maine gubernatorial campaign; 1918 flu epidemic; Brooks Quimby; George Coles; Pa Gould; Louis Jalbert; John Martin; term limits; and early automobiles.

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.