Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, 1932 - 2009
Born: 22 February 1932, Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: 25 August 2009, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Edward Moore Kennedy was the ninth and youngest child of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy moved frequently while growing up, attending ten schools by age eleven, a fact that he attributed as the reason for his ease of dealing with many people. He received first communion from Pope Pius XII at the Vatican at age seven. He enrolled at Harvard College but was expelled for having a classmate take a Spanish test for him. He enlisted in the Army, his father's connections got him a safe job in the honor guard with NATO at Paris. He then was allowed to return to Harvard, he graduated in 1956 with a B.A. in history and government. He earned his law degree at the University of Virginia in 1956 and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1959. He managed his brother John's senatorial reelection campaign in 1958, and the presidential campaign in the west in 1960. When John was elected to the White House, the Kennedy family arranged for a family friend to be appointed for two years as Ted was two years short of the Constitutional minimum age for Senators. Ted won the special election in 1962 and held the seat until his death. As early as law school he had a problems with alcohol and automobiles, in 1969 the car he was driving went off a bridge and his passenger was drowned. He ran for president in 1980 but was unable to wrest the Democratic nomination from Carter. Ted and his wife Joan were divorced in 1981, and though the '80s were productive years for him in the Senate his tumultuous personal life was also frequently in the news. He remarried (Victoria) in 1992. He was diagnosed as having a malignant glioma, a brain tumor not easily treated, and he died at home fifteen months later.
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- Although my doctors informed me that I suffered a cerebral concussion, as well as shock, I do not seek to escape responsibility for my actions by placing the blame either on the physical and emotional trauma brought on by the accident, or on anyone else. I regard as indefensible the fact that I did not report the accident to the police immediately. permalink
- Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty? permalink
- Frankly, I don't mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is. permalink
- I hope for an America where no president, no public official, no individual will ever be deemed a greater or lesser American because of religious doubt - or religious belief. permalink
- I hope for an America where the power of faith will always burn brightly, but where no modern inquisition of any kind will ever light the fires of fear, coercion, or angry division. permalink
- I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity. permalink
- I think about my brothers every day. permalink
- If we set the precedent of limiting the First Amendment, in order to protect the sensibilities of those who are offended by flag burning, what will we say the next time someone is offended by some other minority view, or by some other person's exercise of the freedom the Constitution is supposed to protect? permalink
- In short, I hope for an America where neither "fundamentalist" nor "humanist" will be a dirty word, but a fair description of the different ways in which people of good will look at life and into their own souls. permalink
- Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins. permalink
- It has been seven years since my first election to the Senate. You and I share many memories; some of them have been glorious, some have been very sad. The opportunity to work with you and serve Massachusetts has made my life worthwhile. permalink
- It's better to send in the Peace Corps than the Marine Corps. permalink
- Make no mistake about it! There is an organized movement against organized labor and it's called the Bush Administration. permalink
- My brother [Robert] need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. permalink
- Our struggle is not with some monarch named George who inherited the crown. Although it often seems that way. permalink
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