Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Paul Brunetti

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 358


John D. Clifford, IV was born December 26, 1951 in Lewiston, Maine. His parents were John D. Clifford, III and Athena (Kesaris) Clifford. His mother’s parents were Greek immigrants, and he is the grandson of Judge John D. Clifford, II. He attended Exeter High School and Bowdoin College and later the University of Maine, School of Law. Clifford’s family has been involved in Maine politics for several generations. At the time of this interview he practiced law in Lisbon, Maine.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: personal and family background; growing up in Lewiston; ethnic makeup of Lewiston, Exeter; attending Bowdoin; law school; Clifford family background; John Clifford, II; Clifford, II’s relationship with Frank Coffin; John Clifford, III; the Cliffords’ relationships with the Delahantys; meeting John F. Kennedy; Louis Jalbert; recollections of Ed Muskie; impressions of Jimmy Carter; and changes in the Democratic Party.

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.