Muskie, Edmund S.

Muskie, Edmund S. (Sixtus)

(1914–  ) governor, U.S. senator, cabinet officer; born in Rumford, Maine. The first Democratic governor of Maine (1955–59), he then became the first Democrat to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate (1959–80). An unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate (under Hubert Humphrey) in 1968, he lost a bid for the presidential nomination in 1972. He served as secretary of state during the final eight months of President Carter's administration and later as a member of the Tower Commission investigating the Iran-Contra scandal.