|58th United States Secretary of State|
May 8, 1980 – January 20, 1981
|Preceded by||Cyrus Vance|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Haig|
|United States Senator |
January 3, 1959 – May 7, 1980
|Preceded by||Frederick Payne|
|Succeeded by||George J. Mitchell|
|64th Governor of Maine|
January 5, 1955 – January 2, 1959
|Preceded by||Burton M. Cross|
|Succeeded by||Robert N. Haskell|
|Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Budget|
January 3, 1975 – May 8, 1980
|Succeeded by||Fritz Hollings|
Edmund Sixtus Muskie
March 28, 1914
|Died||March 26, 1996 (aged 81)|
|Alma mater||Bates College|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
He was the Governor of Maine serving from 1955 to 1959, and a United States Senator from 1959 to 1980. He served as United States Secretary of State from 1980 to 1981 under the Carter administration. President Jimmy Carter gave Muskie the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.
Early life[change | change source]
Education[change | change source]
Muskie graduated from Bates College in 1936. He graduated from Cornell University Law School in 1939. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in the Atlantic and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters from 1942 to 1945. 
Career[change | change source]
Muskie was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 1968 presidential election. Muskie later ran for President in the 1972 presidential election. After announcing that Muskie had lost, Muskie chocked with anger and began to cry. Afterwards, Muskie refused the fact that he cried at simply said that "melted snow flakes" in eyes and not tears. Muskie later said the reason he cried was that because newspapers insulted his wife.
Muskie held the highest office (Secretary of State) by a Polish American in U.S. history. If Muskie won the Presidential election in 1972, Muskie would have been the first Polish-American President of the United States.
Personal life[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Edmund Muskie". Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, United States Department of State. Retrieved 10/17/2013. Check date values in:
- "Muskie, Edmund Sixtus, (1914 - 1996)". United States Congress. Retrieved 10/17/2013. Check date values in:
- "Remembering Ed Muskie". =PBS.org. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Yes, there's crying in politics". NBC News.com. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "EDMUND MUSKIE Biography - Politicians". Findbiography.com. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Obituary: Edmund Muskie". Independent.co.uk. March 27, 1996. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "Jane Muskie, 77, widow of Maine senator". Boston.com. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Edmund Muskie at Wikimedia Commons