Edmund Muskie

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Birthday
28, 1914
Birthplace
Maine
Death Date
Mar 26, 1996 (81)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
28, 1914
Birthplace
Maine
Death Date
Mar 26, 1996 (81)

About

Affiliated with the Democratic Party, this Maine-born politician served as Governor of his home state during the 1950s and as United States Secretary of State during one year of the administration of President Jimmy Carter. He also had a two-decade career as a United States Senator and was the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 1968.

Before Fame

After studying government and history at Bates College, he earned a law degree from Cornell University. Before beginning his political career, he served during World War II as a lieutenant in the United States Navy.

Trivia

In late 1971, he was a top candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination; however, his primary campaign was soon eclipsed by that of South Dakota Senator George McGovern.

Family Life

Born into a Roman Catholic family of Polish descent, he and his five siblings grew up in Rumford, Maine. His nearly eight-decade marriage to Jane Gray Muskie resulted in five children.

Associated With

During the presidential race of 1968, he was the running mate of Democratic candidate Hubert H. Humphrey.