Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 295


David Cohen was born to Bertha and Alexander Cohen in Manchester, New Hampshire on November 8, 1942. At the age of one, his family moved to Lewiston, Maine. During the summer between high school and college he was an intern with Senator Muskie. He attended Bowdoin College, majoring in Government. He earned his law degree from Boston College and spent a year clerking for Frank Coffin. He then began a twenty-year law career in Portland, Maine. He first worked with Berman & Berman, Wernick and Flaherty, and then with Petrocelli, Cohen, Erhler, and Cox, where he stayed until he was appointed a U.S. Magistrate Judge in 1988, the position he still held at the time of this interview.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Lewiston, Maine; Bowdoin College; Cohen’s internship for Senator Muskie; Cohen family political leanings; Ed Muskie; Don Nicoll; Senator Muskie’s staff; pollution in Maine; Democratic Party in Maine in the 1950s and 1960s; process of being appointed as a U.S. Magistrate judge; Ed Muskie’s political potential; Frank Coffin; changes in the Maine state political system since 1988; Democratic Party in Maine; Independent Party in Maine; and growth and changes in Portland since 1967.

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.