Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 402


Warren M. Christopher was born to Ernest and Catherine Christopher on October 27, 1925 in Scranton, North Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1945, served in the Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946 and received his law degree from Stanford University in 1949. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas from 1949 to 1950. He had a private law practice in Los Angeles, California from 1950 to 1967. He was the U.S. Deputy Attorney General from 1967 to 1969. He returned to private practice in Los Angeles from 1969 to 1977. He was U.S. Deputy Secretary of State from 1977 to 1981. He returned to private practice in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1992. He was Transition Chief to President elect Bill Clinton in 1992. He was the U.S. Secretary of State from 1993 to 1997. He is married to Marie (Wyllis) Christopher and has four children.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: first meeting Muskie; Muskie campaign; hostage negotiations; Muskie’s selection as Secretary of State; working relationship with Muskie; Muskie and Vance; Brzezinski and Muskie; rumors of a second run for presidency; negotiating in Algiers in 1981; and changing administrations in the state department.

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.