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Edmund Muskie

Personal data
Date of birthMarch 28, 1914
Place of birthRumford, Maine
Date of deathMarch 26, 1996(age 81)
Place of deathWashington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseJane Muskie
Alma materBates College
Cornell University
ProfessionLawyer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1942 1945
RankLieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II
58th United States Secretary of State
In officeMay 8, 1980 - January 20, 1981
DeputyWarren Christopher
Succeeded byAlexander Haig
Preceded byCyrus Vance
United States Senator
from Maine
In officeJanuary 3, 1959 - May 7, 1980
Served alongside: Margaret Chase Smith, William Hathaway, William Cohen
Succeeded byGeorge J. Mitchell
Preceded byFrederick Payne
64th Governor of Maine
In officeJanuary 5, 1955 - January 2, 1959
Succeeded byRobert Haskell
Preceded byBurton M. Cross
Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Budget
In officeJanuary 3, 1975 - May 8, 1980
Succeeded byFritz Hollings
Preceded byNone

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Edmund Sixtus "Ed" Muskie (March 28, 1914 - March 26, 1996) was an American politician from Rumford, Maine. He served as Governor of Maine from 1955 to 1959, as a member of the United States Senate from 1959 to 1980, and as Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter from 1980 to 1981. Muskie was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 1968 presidential election, and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1972.

Muskie held the highest office (Secretary of State) held by a Polish American in U.S. history, and also is the only Polish American ever nominated by a major party for Vice President.


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