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Myer Marcus, Jewish Community, Portland, Maine, Law Practice, immigration, Great Depression, Portland Boys Club, Temple Beth El, Bowdoin College, Boston University School of Law



Myer M. Marcus was born in Portland, Maine in 1914, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants Saul Marcus, a Portland clothier, and his wife Bertha Marcus, nee Goldstein. As a boy he enjoyed spending his free time at the Portland Boys Club on Plum Street. He attended North School and Portland High School, then spent one year at the University of Virginia before transferring to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Marcus earned his LL.B. in 1937 from Boston University School of Law, then returned to Portland to open the Marcus and Marcus law office on Exchange Street with his younger brother Harry. At the end of his career, Marcus worked for the Portland law firm of Marcus, Clegg, and Mistretta, P.A. He retired from practice in 2005, at the age of 91. Both he and his wife Frances were members of Portland’s Temple Beth El. In the Interview, Marcus speaks briefly about his parents’ immigration experience and his early boyhood and family life in Portland, Maine, including some anecdotes about life during the Great Depression. He tells of establishing his own law firm in Portland after graduating from Boston University School of Law speaks of various cases in which he was involved.

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Penny Rich, whose Collection can be found in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Collection, donated the Myer Marcus Interview in April of 2013.

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