M.C. Smith & L. Cormier in Politics on Time
September 5th, 1960
Graphic essay by Rhea Côté Robbins
Information donated to FAWI by Polly Kaufman*
Back to Contents, Vol. 3, No. 3.
Also, More on Smith & Cormier at:  Volume 3 Number 2

LEWISTON SUN JOURNAL. September 3, 2000 


Margaret Chase Smith's Franco-American Heritage 
Compiled by Robert Chenard 
"Declaration of Conscience" speech 
delivered by Sen. Margaret Chase Smith 
on the floor of the U.S. Senate, June 1, 1950

*Lucia Cormier (1909-1993) is featured on our new branch of the Portland Women's History trail because she was the first and only to date woman district collector of customs in Maine.  President Kennedy appointed her in 1961 after she agreed to run against Margaret Chase Smith for the U.S. Senate in 1960, the first time two women had run for the U.S. Senate.  She held the position until her retirement in 1974.  She was a former modern language teacher in Rumford, served six terms in the Maine House and was the first woman minority floor leader in 1959.  She was on the front page of Time Magazine in 1960 and if you want a copy of that, ask the Margaret Chase Smith Library.
 I have some clippings of her career that some students found for me. If you want me to send them to you, give me an address.
 Someone should do a full story of her. She is an interesting person. She was four years older than Muskie so you can't really say she was his protégé, but maybe you could say he was her protégé!!
The new trail is in draft form and should be out in the spring. We are working with MCA on it. I'll send Xeroxes of the clippings but we can always use more info if you find it.  P. Polly Kaufman