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Edward Moore (Ted) KENNEDY

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KENNEDY, Edward Moore (Ted), (brother of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Robert Francis Kennedy, grandson of John Francis Fitzgerald, uncle of Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, and father of Patrick J. Kennedy), a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., February 22, 1932; graduated, Milton Academy, Milton, Mass., in 1950; graduated, Harvard College 1956, the International Law School, The Hague, Holland, 1958, and the University of Virginia Law School 1959; served in the United States Army 1951-1953; admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1959; appointed assistant district attorney in Suffolk County 1961; elected in a special election on November 6, 1962, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the 1960 resignation of his brother, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, for the term ending January 3, 1965; reelected in 1964, 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, and 2006, and served from November 7, 1962, until his death; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1980; Democratic whip 1969-1971; chair, Committee on the Judiciary (Ninety-sixth Congress), Committee on Labor and Human Resources (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses), Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 3-20, 2001; June 6, 2001-January 3, 2003], One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses); died in Hyannis Port, Mass., on August 25, 2009; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.


Kennedy, Edward M. True Compass: A Memoir. New York: Twelve, 2009.; Clymer, Adam. Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography. New York: Morrow, 1999.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present