Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 176


David W. Bustin was born in Portland, Maine in 1938 and grew up in Standish, Maine with his mother and grandmother. He attended Colby College, graduating in 1961 and completed his master’s degree at the University of Maine, Orono. He became a teacher in Portland and active in the teacher’s union. He ran for the state legislature in 1968, was unsuccessful, and ran successfully in 1970, serving until 1978. He moved to Hallowell and worked for Governor Joe Brennan in the 1980s. He was mayor of Hallowell at the time of this interview.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: 1954 Maine gubernatorial campaign; Sinclair Act; restructuring education as part of Muskie’s legacy; Maine Legislature 1970-1978; government reorganization; Standish, Maine history; labor issues; political interests of labor; Colby politics; campaigning for Kennedy in 1960; Brennan campaign of 1978; comparison of Curtis, Longley, and Brennan; Muskie’s golf game; political party decomposition; and a comparison of Mitchell and Muskie.

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.