Edmund Sixtus Muskie was born in Rumford, Maine, and was educated at Bates College and Cornell University. After earning his law degree, he was admitted to the Massachusetts bar, the Maine bar, the United States District Court bar, and later to the New York bar and the United States Supreme Court bar. He practiced law in Waterville, Maine until 1955 when he was elected governor of the state. In 1959 he was elected to the United States Senate, and, during his twenty years of service, headed the Subcommittee on Environmental Pollution of the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Muskie helped develop important environmental legislation including authoring the Clean Air Act of 1970. President Regan appointed him Secretary of State in 1980.
The Edmund S. Muskie Archives at Bates College
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