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|United States Senator
November 7, 1962 – August 25, 2009
|Preceded by||Benjamin A. Smith II|
|Succeeded by||Paul G. Kirk|
|Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee|
January 3, 2007 – August 25, 2009
|Preceded by||Mike Enzi|
|Succeeded by||Tom Harkin|
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Jim Jeffords|
|Succeeded by||Judd Gregg|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Orrin Hatch|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Kassebaum|
|Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee|
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||James Eastland|
|Succeeded by||Strom Thurmond|
|Senate Majority Whip|
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
|Preceded by||Russell B. Long|
|Succeeded by||Robert Byrd|
Edward Moore Kennedy
February 22, 1932
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||August 25, 2009
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
(m. 1958; div. 1983)
Vicki Reggie (m. 1992)
|Relations||See Kennedy family|
|Parents||Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
|Education||Harvard University (BA)
University of Virginia (LLB)
|Net worth||$43–162 million (USD)|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1951–1953|
|Rank||Private (1st Class)|
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.
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.
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.
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