Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 087


Robert Chassie was born in Woodland, Maine in 1914. He grew up in Rumford, Maine. He went to Albany, New York to work for Montgomery Ward. He attended Farmington Normal School (later known as Farmington State Teacher’s College), from which he graduated in 1937. He was a major in the Army during World War II and spent 12 years in the Reserves. He met Ed Muskie, whom he knew from Rumford, once again in 1952 when he was campaigning for Governor. Lucy, Ed Muskie’s sister, was his classmate and later worked for him. He recruited Republicans to vote for Muskie.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: being babysat with Ed Muskie by his Uncle John (John Perreault); going to grade school and high school with Ed Muskie; ethnic and religious demographics of Rumford; becoming reacquainted with Ed Muskie in Rumford in 1952; the gubernatorial inaugural ball; Ed Muskie’s greatest strengths; recruiting Republicans to vote for Muskie; and Lucy 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.