Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a Democratic United States Senator from Massachusetts. Winning a special election to the Senate in 1962, as well as eight standard elections over the next 47 years, he was the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history. The most prominent living member of the Kennedy family for many years, he was the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy; the youngest brother of Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (a casualty of World War II), President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy (both victims of assassination); and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.
Kennedy, known for his charisma and oratorical skills, was known as "The Lion of the Senate" through his long tenure and influence, which included 300 bills from his office being enacted into law. However, his Presidential aspirations were hindered by his 1969 conviction for a traffic violation which resulted in a fatality. His one serious campaign, in 1980, resulted in a Democratic primary campaign loss to incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
Edward Kennedy in State of Jefferson
Benjamin A. Smith II
|United States Senator from Massachusetts
November 7, 1962 – August 25, 2009
Paul G. Kirk