Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 325


Joseph Brannigan was born July 16, 1931 and raised in Topsham, Maine. He attended St. Dominic’s High School, Georgetown University and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He trained at St. John’s Seminary, and was ordained as a priest in 1963. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern Maine and left the priesthood to become a counsellor, and then the executive director of Shalom House in 1975. He has also served as a Maine state Senator and Representative.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of environmental protection; Vietnam War; Republican Party in Maine; Democratic Party in Maine; Maine Legislature; term limits; and the Maine Commission on Legal Needs.

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.