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.
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