Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 088


Freeman Davis Clark was born in the late 1910s in Milo, Maine to Bess [Davis] and Arthur Clark. He was involved in Democratic politics from his earliest years. He grew up in the Milo area, and was educated in the Milo schools. He went to Bowdoin College, and entered Boston University School of Law in 1941. He saw active duty in the Army and was stationed at Okinawa in the 32nd Theater Artillery during World War II. In 1946, he became active in the Maine Democratic Party and ran unsuccessfully for Governor. He returned to Milo and practiced law. He was then a probate judge, and served as a district court judge for twenty-two years.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Clark family politics; the Democratic Party in the 1920s, including key players; Democrats at Bowdoin College; campaigning for Roosevelt during World War II; Maine Democrats in 1946; running for Governor; Brann election of 1932; comparison of Brann and Muskie elections; Frank Coffin; Ed Muskie and the environment; Ku Klux Klan in Milo in the 1920s and their defeat; politics of Milo; Jean Charles Boucher; Eddie Beauchamp; Louis Jalbert; Harold Dubord deserving a judgeship; Albert Beliveau; Lew Barrows; Ralph Owen Brewster; Muskie’s contribution to Maine; Jimmy Carter; Clark’s experience on the court; and changes in the Maine court system.

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.