Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Greg Beam

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 212


Kent Ward was born May 4, 1932 in Limestone, Maine. His mother was a librarian and his father worked in the gardening business. He had seven siblings, graduated from high school in 1949 and went to Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts to study journalism. Upon graduation, he spent two years in Korea and then became the editor for the Limestone Leader and worked there for eight years. In 1962, he moved to the Bangor Daily News and became their Rockland Bureau Chief for three years. There, he went from general assignment, to state editor (covered politics for six years), to Maine editor, and retired as associate managing editor. At the time of this interview he continued to contribute articles to the Bangor Daily News.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Limestone, Maine; family background; Korea; the Great Depression; Limestone Leader; Bangor Daily News; Albert Paul and his escape from prison; Maine politics in the 1960s; Ken Curtis; 1968 and 1972 Democratic and Republican National Conventions; Muskie anecdote from campaigning in Maine in the 1970s; Muskie’s temper; Louis Jalbert; and John Day.

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.