Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Stuart O'Brien

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 043


Beverly (Miner) Bustin-Hatheway was born February 14, 1936 in Morrisville, Vermont. She grew up in Sebago Lake, Maine. Her parents were Don and Della Miner. Don was a “Jack of all trades” and Della raised sixteen children. As a child and adolescent, Beverly played sports, taught swimming at the Kiwanis Club, and managed the Standish Spa (drug store/soda fountain). She went to Washington, D.C. in 1955 and worked for the Veterans Administration for two and a half years as a secretary, then returned to Maine and married David Bustin. She came from Republican upbringings, but switched to being a Democrat when she married, and managed David’s campaign for the state legislature. She worked for Senator Muskie as a field representative. She graduated from Thomas College with a Business Education degree in 1970. She served in the Maine Senate in from 1979 to 1996, and later worked as a labor union staff representative. In 2007, she was Register of Deeds for Kennebec County, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Senate campaign of 1964; how Muskie’s offices were run; housing legislation work; Vietnam War; Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Privacy Act; labor philosophy; her Maine legislature work (1979-1996); political awareness; Maine politics changes; Colby College sit-in; her interview with Muskie; drives with Muskie; Muskie and Mitchell; friendship with Jane Muskie; Muskie’s shortcomings; Muskie’s political philosophies; Monk’s campaign; and Muskie reconnects with people.

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.