Robert Clifford was born in Lewiston, Maine on May 2, 1937. He attended the public schools including Lewiston High School. He then went to Bowdoin College followed by Boston College Law School. He served in the Seventh Army stationed in Ludwigsburg, Germany. He then practiced law with his father, two brothers and a cousin. He served three one-year terms as alderman. He was president of the City Council from 1968 to 70. He was the mayor of Lewiston from 1971 to 1972. He served two terms on the Maine State Senate. He was chairman of the Lewiston Charter Commission from 1979 to 1980. He was appointed to the Maine Superior Court in 1979. He was First Trial Court Chief Justice of the Superior Court from 1984 to 1986. He was then appointed to the Maine Supreme Court.
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