Tuesday, November 20, 2012


November 20, 2012


Brookline, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Robert Francis Kennedy would have been 87 years old today.

Bobby was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He was the 7th child of Joseph P. & Rose F. Kennedy.

Bob Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy in WWII & earned a degree in government from Harvard in 1948.

In 1950, Robert F. Kennedy married Ethel Skakel of Greenwich, Connecticut.

A year later, RFK received a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School & in 1952 served as manager for brother Jack's successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.

In 1953, Bob was on the staff of Joseph McCarthy's subcommittee on investigations & later was Chief Counsel for the Senate Rackets Committee.

In 1960, RFK managed Jack's successful presidential campaign & in 1961 became President Kennedy's attorney general.

In that position, the JFK Library says that Bobby became JFK's "closest adviser & confidant."

After JFK's death, RFK was elected as a U.S. senator from the state of New York.

In 1968, after having won the California primary in a bid to win the Democratic nomination for President, Robert F. Kennedy was shot.

RFK died in Los Angeles, California on June 6, 1968 & was laid to rest in the Kennedy plot at Arlington National Cemetery.  He was just 42 years old.

During his presidential campaign, RFK spoke out against the war in Vietnam & championed the cause of the poor & downtrodden.

In most of his speeches he paraphrased the words of George Bernard Shaw by saying....

'Some men see things as they are & say why.  I dream things that never were & say, why not?'

                 J. Edgar Hoover & RFK
              White House Rose Garden
                           May 7, 1963
               Photo by Cecil Stoughton
                   JFK Library Image


John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, Boston, Massachusetts