Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 282


Frederick N. Allen was born August 10, 1914 in Portland, Maine to Margaret Stevens Allen and Neil W. Allen, who served as the mayor of Portland, Maine. He had three brothers: Charles, Neil, Jr., and Franklin, and two sisters, Louise and Barbara. He is the uncle of Tom Allen (son of Charles), current U.S. Congressman from Maine. He grew up in Portland, attending public schools there and went to college at Boston University. After college, he worked briefly for the family business before embarking on a career in politics. He spent two terms in the Maine House of Representatives, from 1945 to 1947, and in 1949, he began two terms in the Maine Senate. There, he became nationally active in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and eventually served as national president of that organization. He was a supporter of Burton Cross, Margaret Chase Smith, and Edmund Muskie.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Allen’s family background; Allen’s political career; Ed Muskie; Public Utilities Commission in the 1950s; gubernatorial race between Ed Muskie and Burton Cross; changes in the Republican Party in Maine; National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC); and Ronald Reagan.

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.