Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 239


James Lane Buckley was born on March 9, 1923 in New York City, New York. He grew up in Connecticut and attended college and law school at Yale. After that, he practiced law in New Haven for four years and then went into business with his father in New York City. In 1970, he was elected to the Senate where he worked with Senator Muskie on environmental issues. He later became a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Further information can be found in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: childhood and education; early interest in the environment; his career in the Senate; Air and Water Pollution Subcommittee; Public Works Committee; Commerce Committee, Interior Committee; contributions to the Clean Air Act; perspective on environmental issues as a Republican; and discussion of the terms “conservative” and “conservationist”.

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.