Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 426


Tom Allen was born April 16, 1945 in Portland, Maine to Charles W. “Charlie” and Genevieve (Lahee) Allen. His great-grandfather was John Calvin Stevens, a well known Maine architect whose daughter, Margaret, married Neil Allen (Tom’s grandparents), who owned F.O. Bailey’s antiques and auction services for many years. Tom graduated from Bowdoin and went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, studying in the class immediately behind Bill Clinton. He worked on Muskie’s
1970 senatorial reelection campaign and on the early part of the presidential campaign. He later attended Harvard law school and returned to Maine to practice law. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Diana. At the time of this interview he was serving as a U.S. Congressman from Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family and educational background; 1970 Senate campaign; and early 1972 presidential campaign.

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.