Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 400


Thomas Geoffrey Ainsworth was born November 8, 1948 in Portland, Maine and grew up in Yarmouth, Maine, which was then a rural, Republican fishing community. His mother’s name was Phyllis (Evans) Ainsworth, who was initially the town librarian and later the school librarian. His father’s name is Edward Ainsworth, and he was a longtime employee of the Portland newspapers, spent more than 40 years as coach and umpire for baseball leagues, and served a term in the state legislature in 1981 to 1982. Ainsworth is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono with a degree in History, and he earned in J.D. from the Maine School of Law in 1974. In 1970, during his college years, he was chosen to intern in Muskie’s Senate office. His duties included researching, drafting policy, running errands and driving the Senator. At the time of this interview he practiced law at the office of Ainsworth & Thelin in South Portland,

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; Senate office internship; environmental legislation; and the Yarmouth, Maine community.

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.