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Edmund S. Muskie, with daughter, Rumford, Maine, 1954

PC044.TMP.020 (RS81099)

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 shows Muskie holding his daughter. Their heads are touching, and both are smiling.

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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
193961
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.020

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Other People
Muskie, Edmund S., 1914-1996
Descriptive Terms
daughters
elections
governors
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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Comments

Location of photo #

AvatarPosted by Jim Witherell on August 16, 2013
While Ed Muskie's parents still lived in Rumford in 1954, he had moved to his new "hometown" of Waterville in 1940.

The evening before the Sept. 13, 1954 election, he drove from Portland to Bangor to appear on TV, returning the following day to Waterville, where he and his supporters waited for election results at the Elmwood Hotel.

If the photo was taken at Muskie's home on election day, it's probably outside of his residence at 17 Silvermount St. in Waterville, since he did not go to Rumford at that time (in fact his parents traveled to Waterville to be with him that evening).

James L. Witherell, author of "Ed Muskie: Made in Maine," Tilbury House Publishers, March 2014