Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 059


Shepard N. “Shep” Cortell was born to Edward and Marion Cortell on July 5, 1925 in Lewiston, Maine. He was a Bates College graduate in the class of 1950. He was on the staff for Congressman Charles P. Nelson from 1948 to 1956. Shep helped Margaret Chase Smith in her run for the State Senate. He was critical of Muskie on the water pollution issue of the Androscoggin River and other environmental issues. He was an active Republican in the 1940s and 1950s.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: the Lewiston community; mill workers and shoe workers; family, religion, and politics; his political involvement with Roger Dube and Margaret Chase Smith as home secretary; working for U.S. Representative Charles Nelson; the Maine State legislature; Muskie’s 1968 Vice-Presidential campaign; and environmental issues in the State Legislature.

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.