Kenneth M. Curtis
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Kenneth Merwin Curtis (born February 8, 1931) is an American lawyer and former politician. He is currently a principal in the law firm of Curtis Thaxter Stevens Broder & Micoleau Limited Liability Company, P.A.
Kenneth M. Curtis
|United States Ambassador to Canada|
October 5, 1979 – January 20, 1981
|Preceded by||Thomas O. Enders|
|Succeeded by||Paul H. Robinson Jr.|
|Chair of the Democratic National Committee|
|Preceded by||Robert S. Strauss|
|Succeeded by||John C. White|
|68th Governor of Maine|
January 5, 1967 – January 2, 1975
|Preceded by||John H. Reed|
|Succeeded by||James B. Longley|
|Secretary of State of Maine|
|Governor||John H. Reed|
|Preceded by||Paul A. MacDonald|
|Succeeded by||Joseph T. Edgar|
Kenneth Merwin Curtis
February 8, 1931
Leeds, Maine, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Pauline "Polly" Curtis|
Life and careerEdit
Curtis was born in Leeds, Maine and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Maine Maritime Academy in 1952 and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. He received his law degree from Portland University in Maine (now part of the University of Maine). Curtis received an LL.D. from Bates College in 1981.
Curtis, a member of the Democratic Party, was the Secretary of State of Maine from 1965–1966, before becoming the 68th Governor in 1967. He held that office until 1975. Curtis served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1978 and Ambassador to Canada from 1979 to 1981. In 1984, Curtis was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board.
As a registered voter in Florida, Curtis temporarily lost his superdelegate vote in the 2008 Democratic National Convention when the Democratic Party ruled against seating any delegates from Florida because Florida had moved the date of its primary to a date earlier than permitted under party rules. Curtis, a supporter of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president, stated that he might not attend the convention. Subsequently the Democratic National Committee Rules and By-laws Committee voted to seat all Florida delegates, including superdelegates, but with only half-votes.
- Walsh, Tom (2008-02-27). "Two of Maine's Super Delegates Are Ineligible". The Ellsworth American. Archived from the original on 2007-06-19.
- "Superdelegate from Maine moves to Florida - Superdelegate total now 794" (blog). 2008 Democratic Convention Watch. 2008-02-28.
Paul A. MacDonald
| Secretary of State of Maine
Joseph T. Edgar
John H. Reed
| Governor of Maine
James B. Longley
|Party political offices|
Robert S. Strauss
| Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
1977 – 1978
John C. White
Thomas O. Enders
| Ambassador to Canada
Paul H. Robinson, Jr.