Ted Kennedy

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Edward Kennedy
Ted Kennedy, official photo portrait crop.jpg
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
November 7, 1962 – August 25, 2009
Preceded by Benjamin A. Smith II
Succeeded by Paul Kirk[1]
16th United States Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
Leader Mike Mansfield
Preceded by Russell B. Long
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by James Eastland
Succeeded by Strom Thurmond
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resource
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Orrin Hatch
Succeeded by Nancy Kassebaum Baker
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
In office
January 3 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Jim Jeffords
Succeeded by Jim Jeffords
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Jim Jeffords
Succeeded by Judd Gregg
In office
January 4, 2007 – August 25, 2009
Preceded by Mike Enzi
Succeeded by Tom Harkin
Personal details
Born (1932-02-22)February 22, 1932
Boston, Massachusetts
Died August 25, 2009(2009-08-25) (aged 77)
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Joan Bennett Kennedy (1958–1982, divorced)
Victoria Reggie Kennedy (1992–2009, his death)
Children Kara Anne Kennedy (dead)
Edward M. Kennedy, Jr.
Patrick J. Kennedy
Residence Kennedy Compound
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Harvard University (AB)
University of Virginia School of Law (LLB)
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
Website kennedy.senate.gov
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1951–1953

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 - August 25, 2009)[2] was the Senator for the U.S. state of Massachusetts from 1962 to 2009.

Early life[change | change source]

Ted Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is a neighborhood in Boston. He was the youngest son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was the younger brother of former President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated, as well as Joe Kennedy, who was killed in World War II. A lot of other sad things happened in his life: he almost died in a plane crash, he was involved in a car crash that took the life of a campaign worker, and one of his sons had cancer as a child.

Education[change | change source]

Ted Kennedy went to Harvard and served in the Army before entering politics. He ran for and won the seat given up by his brother when he became President. While in the Senate, he fought for the working class, mainly for health care and the minimum wage. In 1980, he ran for President, but lost in the primaries to Jimmy Carter.

Chappaquiddick incident[change | change source]

On July 18, 1969, Senator Kennedy and passenger Mary Jo Kopechne were driving in Chappaquiddick Island where the car crashed over the bridge into the ocean. Kennedy left the scene leaving Kopechne to drown to death as she was trapped in the car. Kennedy plead guilty. Many believe this is why he decided not to run for President in 1972 or 1976.

Later life[change | change source]

In 2008, he found out he had cancer. Despite the cancer, he campaigned for Barack Obama and sometimes appeared in the Senate.

Death[change | change source]

He died from brain cancer at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts just before midnight on August 25, 2009.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kirk to be named interim senator".
  2. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/TedKennedy/story?id=6692022
  3. Staff (26-08-2009). "Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy dead at 77". CNN. Retrieved 26-08-2009. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
Ted Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery