Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Greg Beam

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 196


Seth Henry Bradstreet was born in 1933 in Albion, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, Orono and graduated in 1954. He taught in Corinna, Maine for a year and bought a farm in Newport, Maine, which he still operated at the time of this interview. Under Senators Muskie and Mitchell, he was appointed to serve as the state director for Rural Development (once known as the Farmer’s Home Administration), a position he still held at the time of this interview.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Bradstreet’s family and childhood; brief outline of Bradstreet’s career; Albion, Maine; early Maine Democrats; Muskie’s 1952 gubernatorial campaign; Republican response to Muskie in the 1950s; Bradstreet’s legislative elections; Bradstreet’s friends in the legislature; influential political families in Maine; Muskie’s impact on the environment; Maine sales tax; Muskie’s support for Bradstreet and his position as state director for Rural Development; Gayle Cory; George Mitchell; Ken Curtis; John Martin; Elmer Violette; and Perry Furbush.

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.