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.
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O'Brien, Stuart, "Childs, Dana and Jean oral history interview" (1998). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 81.