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Edmund Muskie (1980–1981) - Secretary of State

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Edmund Sixtus Muskie was born March 28, 1914, in Rumsford, Maine. He graduated cum laude from Bates College in 1936 and went on to Cornell Law School.

Elected governor of Maine in 1954, Muskie served two consecutive terms before being elected to the United States Senate in 1958. He was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1968.

Following the resignation of Cyrus Vance, Muskie was appointed U.S. secretary of state. He served from 1980-1981. He worked for a Washington, D.C., law firm after his days in the Carter administration. Edmund Muskie died on March 26, 1996.

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Robert A. Strong

Professor Strong is the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is also an associate editor of the White House Studies journal and has worked on the Presidential Oral History program at the Miller Center. His writings include:

Working in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)

Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making (M.E. Sharpe, 2005)