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Author of Fiction, Author of Non-Fiction, Lawyer, Politician
Joseph and Rose Kennedy
Joan Bennett (div. 1982), Victoria Reggie
Kara, Edward Jr., Patrick J.
Joseph Jr., John F., Robert (brothers), Michael, John F. Jr. (nephews)
United States Army (1951-1953)
United States Senator from Massachusetts (1962-2009)
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy
(February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a
Democratic United States
. 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
; the youngest brother of
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
(a casualty of
World War II
President John F. 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
In the lead-up to the
1980 election, Ted Kennedy unsuccessfully challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination.
Political offices (OTL)
Preceded by Benjamin A. Smith II
United States Senator from Massachusetts November 7, 1962 – August 25, 2009
Succeeded by Paul G. Kirk