Kenneth M. Curtis

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Kenneth M. Curtis
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United States Ambassador to Canada
In office
October 5, 1979 – January 20, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byThomas O. Enders
Succeeded byPaul H. Robinson Jr.
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
January 21, 1977 – January 27, 1978
Preceded byRobert S. Strauss
Succeeded byJohn C. White
68th Governor of Maine
In office
January 5, 1967 – January 2, 1975
Preceded byJohn H. Reed
Succeeded byJames B. Longley
Secretary of State of Maine
In office
GovernorJohn H. Reed
Preceded byPaul A. MacDonald
Succeeded byJoseph T. Edgar
Personal details
Kenneth Merwin Curtis

(1931-02-08) February 8, 1931 (age 89)
Leeds, Maine, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Pauline "Polly" Curtis

Kenneth Merwin Curtis (born February 8, 1931) is an American attorney, politician, and diplomat. He is currently a principal in the law firm of Curtis Thaxter Stevens Broder & Micoleau.

Early life and education[edit]

Curtis was born in Leeds, Maine and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Maine Maritime Academy in 1952. He rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the United States Navy before receiving his Juris Doctor from University of Maine School of Law. Curtis received an LL.D. from Bates College in 1981.


Curtis, a member of the Democratic Party, served as the Secretary of State of Maine from 1965 to 1966, before becoming the 68th Governor in 1967. He held the office until 1975. Curtis served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1978 and Ambassador to Canada from 1979 to 1981.[citation needed] In 1984, Curtis was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board.

Curtis served as President of Maine Maritime Academy. He was also Chairman of the Environmental Task Force of the National Governors' Conference in the early 1970s.

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.[1][2] Subsequently, the Democratic National Committee Rules and By-laws Committee voted to seat all Florida delegates, including superdelegates, but with only half-votes.

Personal life[edit]

Curtis is semi-retired, currently residing in Siesta Key, Florida. He is a Protestant.


  1. ^ Walsh, Tom (2008-02-27). "Two of Maine's Super Delegates Are Ineligible". The Ellsworth American. Archived from the original on 2007-06-19.
  2. ^ "Superdelegate from Maine moves to Florida - Superdelegate total now 794" (blog). 2008 Democratic Convention Watch. 2008-02-28.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul A. MacDonald
Secretary of State of Maine
Succeeded by
Joseph T. Edgar
Preceded by
John H. Reed
Governor of Maine
Succeeded by
James B. Longley
Party political offices
Preceded by
Maynard Dolloff
Democratic nominee for Governor of Maine
1966, 1970
Succeeded by
George J. Mitchell
Preceded by
Robert S. Strauss
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
1977 – 1978
Succeeded by
John C. White
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas O. Enders
Ambassador to Canada
Succeeded by
Paul H. Robinson, Jr.