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Edmund S. Muskie, Rumford, Maine, 1954

PC044.TMP.019 (RS81098)

Description

Edmund S. Muskie started politics with a successful 1946 run for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives, where he served three consecutive terms. Here, Reed shows Muskie in his hometown on the day of the 1954 Maine gubernatorial election. Reed's pictures cover the story from the tension while the results were still coming in to the elation after they revealed Muskie had won. Like Kennedy, Muskie went on to a dramatic political career, becoming the first Democrat in Maine's history to be elected U.S. senator. He ran for president in 1968 and 1972, and finished his political career as Secretary of State in 1980-1981. This particular photo is an informal seated half portrait of Edmund S. Muskie. He holds a cigarette in his left hand, and a match in his right.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1954
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
193956
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.019

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Other People
Muskie, Edmund S., 1914-1996
Descriptive Terms
elections
government
governors
portraits
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Places
Rumford (Oxford county, Maine)
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972

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