Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 178


Jane Fenderson Cabot was born on April 30, 1943 in Biddeford, Maine. Her parents were Janet (Hazelton) and Charles Fenderson. Her mother was a homemaker, and her father was a store superintendent at the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun Department Store in Portland, Maine. Jane lived in Biddeford until her family moved to Saco, Maine, in the late 1940s. Her family was fairly political, influenced by her uncle Paul Hazelton, who was a Bowdoin College professor, and a campaign manager for Ed Muskie. Cabot graduated from Thornton Academy in 1960. She then attended Mount Holyoke College, graduating in 1964. During her last two summers at Mount Holyoke, she worked as an intern in Ed Muskie’s Senate office. After her graduation from college, she returned to Washington to work in Senator Muskie’s office. Her positions included Secretary, Research Assistant, and Special Assistant. At the time of this interview, she was Executive Vice President of the public issues practice at the M. Booth Company.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; Paul Hazelton; 1956 Pemaquid clambake; John F. Kennedy in Lewiston; Brown v. Board of Education; college in the early 1960s; assassination of JFK; interning for Muskie in the summers of 1963 and 1964; senatorial campaign vs. Cliff McIntire; the Senate office in 1964; Kennedy visit to Maine in 1963; Passamaquoddy Tidal Power Project; Dickey-Lincoln School; Roosevelt-Campobello International Park Commission [RCIPC] formation; Campobello administration; television growing up; the Cold War in college; and the Cuban missile crisis.

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.