Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Greg Beam

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 222


Bert Clifford was born in Troy, Maine and raised in Unity, Maine. His parents were Bert Warren and Mamie Izora Clifford. In his youth he worked as a farmhand and drove the local school bus. In the 1940s he enlisted in the Navy. Eventually he began investing in local companies including utilities and a railroad. He was also involved in local politics, which is where he encountered Senator Muskie. The two corresponded frequently. Clifford, a long-time Democrat, now oversees community projects and businesses, including Unity College.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; Navy; meeting Muskie, Twombly, and Curtis; local politics; bridge on Lake Winnecook; Manchester, New Hampshire incident; Belfast- Moosehead Railroad; Unity College; future of the Democratic Party; Muskie’s legacy; and the Unity, Maine community.

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.