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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 22 February 1932Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 25 August 2009Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, USA  (brain cancer)
Birth NameEdward Moore Kennedy
Nickname Lion of the Senate
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edward Moore Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on February 22, 1932. His parents were Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Kennedy. He was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. "Ted" Kennedy graduated Harvard University in 1956 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1959. He campaigned for his brother John during the latter's 1960 presidential bid. Ted was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962 and held that position until his death. As a Senator, he had served as majority whip and chaired Senate committees. His rise was hampered by the Chappaquiddick Island incident on July 18, 1969, when he accidentally drove his car off a bridge, resulting in the drowning of his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. He was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident. In 1980, he unsuccessfully challenged Jimmy Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination. In May of 2008, Kennedy experienced a stroke that resulted in hi being diagnosed with brain cancer. He remained active and endorsed President Barack Obama's candidacy early-on. He died at his family compound on Cape Cod in Hyannis, Massachusetts, August 25, 2009.

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Spouse (3)

Victoria Anne Reggie (3 July 1992 - 25 August 2009) (his death)
Victoria Kennedy (3 July 1992 - 25 August 2009) (his death)
Joan Bennett Kennedy (29 November 1958 - 6 December 1982) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (23)

As the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts since 1962. He was first elected to the Senate on 6 November 1962 after a special election was held.
After accidentally driving his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, resulting in the drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne, he was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident (18 July 1969).
Uncle of Maria Shriver, and so by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Father of Kara Kennedy Allen (born on 27 February 1960, died on 16 September 2011), Edward Kennedy Jr. (born on 26 September 1961) and Patrick Kennedy (born on 14 July 1967).
Youngest of nine siblings, and the only male living (as of January 2008). Joe died in a wartime plane crash, and John and Robert were both assassinated.
Founded the Committee for a Democratic Majority in 1995 to help elect Democratic candidates.
Was portrayed by Kevin Hare in RFK (2002) and Dylan Price in A Woman Named Jackie (1991).
Grandson of Congressman John F. Fitzgerald.
Announced his support for Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign (28 January 2008).
Resided in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
After being hospitalized for a suspected stroke, Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. (May 2008).
Had successful surgery at Duke University Medical Center to remove a cancerous brain tumor on June 2, 2008.
Passed away 15 days after the passing of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver. With his death, Jean Kennedy Smith remains the last surviving child of the American political dynasty that was created by the marriage of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Kennedy.
He was too ill to attend his sister Eunice's funeral, who predeceased him by 14 days.
Was good friends with historian David McCullough.
Merited a place in "Time" magazine's - 100 Most Influential People in the World (leaders & revolutionaries) - with a tribute written by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photograph for Time by celebrity photographer Brigitte Lacombe (Issue: May 11, 2009).
A lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, he tossed out the opening pitch at their 2009 Home Opener at Fenway Park.
Irish-American.
Release of his autobiography, "True Compass: A Memoir". [September 2009]

Personal Quotes (17)

"Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?" Speech, 1973.
For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.
Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.
The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.
The Republicans are looking after the financial interests of the wealthiest individuals in this country.
We want to support our troops because they didn't make the decision to go there... but I don't think it should be open-ended. We ought to have a benchmark where the administration has to come back and give us a report.
Shamefully we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management.
We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.
Make no mistake about it! There is an organized movement against organized labor and it's called the Bush Administration.
The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree.
Today, we say the only thing we have to fear is four more years of George Bush.
It's now clear that from the very moment President Bush took office, Iraq was his highest priority as unfinished business from the first Bush Administration. His agenda was clear: find a rationale to get rid of Saddam.
Frankly, I don't mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is.
Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things.
Thus, the controversy about the Moral Majority arises not only from its views, but from its name - which, in the minds of many, seems to imply that only one set of public policies is moral and only one majority can possibly be right.
There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud.
We are giving assurance to the American families that help is on its way.

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