Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 153


G. Curtis Webber was born August 29, 1933 in Lewiston, Maine and grew up in Auburn. He attended Edward Little H.S., class of 1950 and one year of prep school at the Loomis School in Windsor, Connecticut. Like his father, he attended Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School. In 1958 he joined Frank Linnell’s law firm and continues in the current firm: Linnell, Choate & Webber. In 1965 he was Auburn city solicitor.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1968 vice presidential campaign; Republican Party in Maine; Democratic Party in Maine; Donald Webber’s judicial career; Young Republicans group; Curt’s personal transition from Republican to Democrat; Auburn school system former rule: married women could not teach; fraternity culture at Bowdoin College; Harvard Law Review and social status at Harvard Law School; replacing Bill Hathaway in Frank Linnell’s law firm, 1958; Webber’s work as Auburn City Solicitor; involvement with Linnell and Lewiston/Auburn Shoe Workers Protective Association and Bates College movie about the shoe strike, “Roughing the Uppers;” impressions of Muskie; issues in Cohen v. Hathaway campaign; Frank Coffin and the “Wranglers”: Hathaway, Lee, Webber, Scales, Gamache, and Trafton; straight ballot voting debates; and the Dickey-Lincoln Dam controversy.

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.