Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Stuart O'Brien

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 057


Dana Childs was born in Lewiston on December 15, 1922. He moved to Portland as an adolescent. He served four years in the Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific. He then attended the University of Maine and the Portland University Law School. He was on the Maine legislator and became the Republican floor leader. He was also the chairman of the Portland Republican City Committee. He became a Democrat in 1960. He also practiced law. He owns and trains racehorses. He was the speaker of the house in 1965. In the 1970s he became Judge of Probate, a position he continues to hold. Jean Childs was born in Portland in 1927. She went to Westbrook Junior College and University of Southern Maine and received a degree in political science. She has been involved with the League of Women Voters. She was a member of Portland Democratic City Committee. She was also a Member of the Portland Planning board, a political activist, and a city leader.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of the Office of Price Stabilization; the 1954 Maine Gubernatorial campaign; Muskie’s first term as Governor; Muskie’s 1968 Vice Presidential campaign; environmental protection legislation; Vietnam; the Republican and Democratic parties in Maine; the Maine legislature from 1952-1968; highways and roads in Maine; the Sinclair Act; the League of Women Voters; and education.

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.