Chronology of Muskie’s life and work

1914 March 28
Born in Rumford, Maine
Graduated cum laude from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, with degree in history and government.
Graduated from Cornell Law School and admitted to Massachusetts bar.
Admitted to Maine bar and established law practice in Waterville, Maine.
Enlisted in U.S. Navy.
Discharged from U.S. Navy and returned to Waterville to resume law practice.
Elected to Maine House of Representatives; reelected in 1948 and 1950 and served as minority (Democratic) leader during second and third terms.
Ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Waterville.
1948 May 29
Married Jane Frances Gray in Waterville; children: Stephen (born 1949), Ellen (1950), Melinda (1956), Martha (1958), and Edmund Jr. (1961).
Served as director of Maine District of Office of Price Stabilization.
Served on Democratic National Committee.
Elected governor of Maine; reelected in 1956.
Received honorary doctor of laws degree from Bates College.
Elected member of Bates College Board of Trustees; served again from 1970 to 1988.
Elected to United States Senate; reelected in 1964, 1970, and 1976.  Appointed to Committees on Banking and Currency (until 1970), Government Operations (until 1978), and Public Works.
Visited Soviet Union as member of Public Works Committee.
Appointed to Legislative Review Committee of Democratic Policy Committee and to Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (until 1977).
Served on Special Committee on Aging.
Appointed first chair of Subcommittee on Air and Water Pollution, Committee on Public Works.
Served as chief sponsor and floor manager of Clean Air Act, first major federal law aimed at air pollution control, amended in 1967 and 1970.
Initiated establishment of Roosevelt Campobello International Park at site of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s island summer estate on border between Maine and New Brunswick, and presided as chair of joint U.S.-Canadian commission when United States had chair until his death in 1996.
Served as chief sponsor and floor manager of Water Quality Act, amended in 1970; participated in second Mansfield mission, which warned President Lyndon B. Johnson against open-ended U.S. commitment in Vietnam.
Elected assistant Democratic whip; served as floor manager of Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development (Model Cities) Act and Clean Water Restoration Act.
Participated in U.S. mission to observe elections in Republic of (South) Vietnam.
Served as chair of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
1968 February 28
Wrote President Johnson privately, urging halt to bombing of North Vietnam.
Ran unsuccessfully as Democratic candidate for vice presidency of United States.
Introduced Intergovernmental Revenue Act; voted against nomination of Clement Haynsworth to U.S. Supreme Court.
1969 October 15
Called for announced schedule for withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Indochina, at Bates College.
Helped pass Water Quality Improvement Act; cosponsored McGovern-Hatfield resolution to end U.S. involvement in Vietnam; voted against nomination of G. Harold Carswell to U.S. Supreme Court; proposed six-month ban by United States and Soviet Union on further deployment of land- and sea-based ballistic missiles, strategic bombers, and antiballistic missile radar construction and upgrading.
1970 April 22
Addressed Earth Day gatherings in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
1970 November 3
Delivered national television and radio speech in response to President Richard M. Nixon’s election eve statements.
Became member of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (until 1974) and traveled to Western Europe, Soviet Union, and Middle East.
1972 January 4
Formally announced candidacy for Democratic nomination for presidency of United States; withdrew April 26, 1972.
Founded and elected chair of Senate Committee on Budget; served until 1980.
Served on Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
1980, May 7
Resigned from U.S. Senate to become U.S. secretary of state, serving until January 20, 1981.
1981 January 16
Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Practiced law in Washington, D.C., with Chadbourne, Parke, Whiteside & Wolfe (later Chadbourne & Parke)
Served as chair of Nestle Infant Formula Audit Commission to investigate complaints against Nestle Corporation about violations of International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.
1984 June 9
Received Benjamin E. Mays Medal for distinguished accomplishment by alumnus of Bates College.
Served on President’s Special Review Board (Tower Commission) to investigate secret U.S. arms sales to Iran and diversion of proceeds from those sales to rebels fighting Nicaraguan government.
Chaired Maine Commission on Legal Needs, sponsored by Maine Bar Foundation to conduct investigation and make recommendations regarding problem of providing poor with equal access to legal assistance.
1996 March 26
Died, Washington, D.C.; interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
2004 December 25
Jane Gray Muskie died, Washington, D.C.; interred at Arlington National Cemetery.