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Edward Kennedy
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United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
November 7, 1962 – August 25, 2009
Preceded by Benjamin A. Smith II
Succeeded by Paul Kirk
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 TBD
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
Military service
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service 1951–1953

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

Early life

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.

Later life

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


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

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