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Edmund Sixtus Muskie


Edmund Sixtus Muskie, lawyer, former United States Secretary of State. Bar: Massachusetts 1939, Maine 1940, United States District Court 1941, New York 1981, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1981. Recipient Laetare medal, Notre Dame University, 1981, Presidential Medal of Freedom, The White House, 1981, Former Members of Congress Distinguished Service award, 1981.


Muskie, Edmund Sixtus was born on March 28, 1914 in Rumford, Maine, United States. Son of Stephen and Josephine (Czarnecki) Muskie.


AB cum laude, Bates College, 1936. Bachelor of Laws, Cornell University, 1939. Degrees (honorary), University New Brunswick.

Degrees (honorary), Middlebury College. Degrees (honorary), St. Anselm's College. Degrees (honorary), William and Mary College.

Degrees (honorary), University Maryland. Degrees (honorary), Alliance College. Degrees (honorary), University New Hampshire.

Degrees (honorary), Northeastern University. Degrees (honorary), John Carroll University. Degrees (honorary), Providence College.

Degrees (honorary), Boston University. Degrees (honorary), Syracuse University. Degrees (honorary), University Maine.

Degrees (honorary), Suffolk University. Degrees (honorary), Bowdoin College. Degrees (honorary), Colby College.

Degrees (honorary), Lafayette College. Degrees (honorary), University Notre Dame. Degrees (honorary), Hanover College.

Degrees (honorary), George Washington University. Degrees (honorary), University Buffalo. Degrees (honorary), Nasson College.

Degrees (honorary), Husson College.


Served United States Navy 1942-1945. Leader 1949-1951; District Director for Maine, Office of Price Stabilization 1951-1952. City Solicitor Waterville, Maine 55.

Government of the State of Maine 1955-1959. United States Senator from Maine 80. Senate Assistant Majority Whip 1966-1980.

Former Chairman Senate SubCttees. on Environmental Pollution, Intergovt. Relations; Chairman Dem. Senatorial Campaign Committee 1967-1969.

Candidate for Vice-presidency of United States of America 1968. Chairman Senate Budget Committee 1974-1980. Secretary of State 1980-1981.

Senior Partner in law firm Chadboume, Parke, Whiteside & Wolff since 1981.


  • Bar: Massachusetts 1939, Maine 1940, United States District Court 1941, New York 1981, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1981.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Journeys, 1972. Co-author (with McGeorge Bundy): Presidential Promises and Performances, 1980.


Member Democratic National Committee, 1952—1955, Democratic candidate for vice president United States, 1968. Member Maine House of Representatives, 1948—1951, Democratic floor leader, 1949—1951. Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Waterville Bar Association, Kennebec County Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, Amvets, American Legion, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Photography, golf, gardening.


Married Jane Frances Gray, May 29, 1948 (deceased December 25, 2004). Children: Stephen O., Ellen Muskie Allen, Melinda Muskie Stanton, Martha, Edmund Sixtus.

Stephen Muskie

Josephine (Czarnecki) Muskie

Jane Frances Gray

Stephen O. Muskie

Ellen Muskie Allen Muskie

Melinda Muskie Stanton Muskie

Martha Muskie

Edmund Sixtus Muskie