Robert Kennedy was the Attorney General at the time of his brother, JFK, administration. He served later as the U.S. Senator. During his time that he was running for presidency he was assassinated too.

In the Beginning

Robert Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts. His parents were Rose and Joseph. His father was a rich businessman, while his mother was the daughter of the mayor of Boston at the time. His parents were Roman Catholics and he was raised as such. Him and his seven other siblings enjoyed a comfortable life of privilege and wealth. One of his brothers was the future President of the U.S. John F. Kennedy.

When his father, Joseph, became the U.S. Ambassador to Britain the entire family packed up to move to England. Just like in America, the family was regarded as powerful, handsome, and charismatic. They returned to the US in 1939 when World War II was on the horizon.

In Massachusetts, he graduated from the Milton Academy prep school before he enrolled in Harvard. He eventually left when his older brother, Joseph, was killed during the course of World War II. Robert than left Harvard to enlist in the Navy. He returned to Harvard in 1946 and spent three years going for a law degree at the University of Virginia Law School. While he was going for the degree he met Ethel Skakel. In 1951, he graduated law school and was able to pass the bar exam for Massachusetts.

Career Accomplishments

Right after law school, he joined up with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in 1951. He resigned from the position in 1952 in order to help lead the campaign for his older brother John. In 1953, he ended up becoming the advisor for the Senate Subcommitee on Investigations that was working under Senator Joseph McCarthy at the time. Robert left the position six months later when he objected to the unjust investigative tactics McCarthy was using.

Most Known For

Robert Kennedy is well known in history for being the appointed Attorney General of the United States in 1960. As the Attorney General, he fought against organized crime and was one of the key supporters of the Civil Rights movement. He was elected to the US Senate in order to represent the state of New York. He was assassinated during the California Democratic presidential primary on June 5, 1968.

Current Personal Life

Robert Kennedy was nominated in 1968 to run against Eugene McCarthy during the presidential elections. He gave a victory speech at the California Democratic Primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Right after his speech, he was shot multiple times by the gunman named Sirhan Sirhan. He died from his injuries at the age of 42 years old. After his passing, the last of his eleven children were born.

Where Are They Now

It was unfortunate for Robert Kennedy to be assassinated on June 5, 1968. Just a few years earlier his brother, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated on November 22, 1963. It was a sad demise for such upstanding people. Robert Kennedy’s chance to begin was looked like a promising presidential administration ended before he ever had the chance to begin. The fact it was two brothers, one who became president and another who was running for president, is surprising to say the least.

While Robert Kennedy may no longer be with us today. He left behind a varied political career. He supported the civil rights movement, backed up his brother when he needed his support, and is still remembered even to this day.

 

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