Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a United States Senator from
Edward Kennedy
Timeline: Return of the Kennedys

Ted Kennedy
Portrait of Edward Kennedy

'Senator of Massachusetts'
November 6th 1962 – January 3th 1981

'16th United States Senate Majority Whip'
January 3rd 1969 – January 3rd 1971

Successor Robert Byrd

'Senate Chairman of the Judicary
January 3rd 1979 – January 3rd 1981

Successor Storm Thurmond

'40th President of the United States'
January 20th 1981 – Januray 20th 1989

Predecessor Jimmy Carter
Successor Jerry Brown
Born February 22 1932
Boston Massachusetts
Died August 25 2009
Spouse Joan Bennett Kennedy 1958-1982
Political Party Democratic
Profession Lawyer


Massachusetts and 40th President of the United States.Often Credited with the creation of New Deal II and the resurgence of Industrial Ameirca. For many years the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family, he was the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.; the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassination, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., killed in action in World War II; and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.

Kennedy entered the Senate in a November 1962 special election to fill the seat once held by his brother John. He was elected to a full six-year term in 1964 and was reelected twice. He became President of the United States in 1980 defeating incubment Jimmy Carter in the Democratic Primaries and Popular Republican Ronald Reagan in the General Election.

Kennedy was known for his charisma and oratorical skills. His 1968 eulogy for his brother Robert and his 1980 rallying cry for modern American liberalism were among his best-known speeches. He became recognized as "The Lion of the Senate" through his long tenure and influence.. Unabashedly liberal, Kennedy championed an interventionist government emphasizing economic and social justice , during his Presidency but was also known for working with Republicans to find compromises between senators with disparate views. Kennedy played a major role in passing many laws, including laws addressing immigration, cancer research, health insurance, apartheid, disability discrimination, AIDS care, civil rights, mental health benefits, children's health insurance, education and volunteering. In the 2000s, he contiuned to lead activism within the Democratic Party . In May 2008, Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor which limited his apperances to the Public Eye .

He died on August 25, 2009, in his Hyannis Port, Massachusetts home. By the time of his death, he had come to be viewed as a major figure and spokesman for American progressivism and the Second New Deal.