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Ted 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 G. Kirk
Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
In office
January 3, 2007 – August 25, 2009
Preceded by Mike Enzi
Succeeded by Tom Harkin
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Jim Jeffords
Succeeded by Judd Gregg
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Orrin Hatch
Succeeded by Nancy Kassebaum
Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by James Eastland
Succeeded by Strom Thurmond
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
Leader Mike Mansfield
Preceded by Russell B. Long
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
Personal details
Edward Moore Kennedy

(1932-02-22)February 22, 1932
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died August 25, 2009(2009-08-25) (aged 77)
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Joan Bennett
(m. 1958; div. 1983)

Vicki Reggie (m. 1992)
Relations See Kennedy family
  • Kara
  • Edward Jr.
  • Patrick
Parents Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Education Harvard University (BA)
University of Virginia (LLB)
Net worth $43–162 million (USD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1951–1953
Rank Army-USA-OR-03.svg Private (1st Class)

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.

Chappaquiddick incident

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

In 2008, he found out he had glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Despite the cancer, he campaigned for Barack Obama and sometimes appeared in the Senate.


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

Ted Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery

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