Sunday, February 22, 2015



Dorchester, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Eighty-three years ago today, February 22, 1932, the brother of future President John F. Kennedy, Edward Moore "Teddy" Kennedy was born at St. Margaret's Hospital here in Dorchester.

Rose Kennedy traveled from New York to Boston in order that her baby could be delivered by Frederick L. Good, the family obstetrician.

In his Memoir, Senator Edward M. Kennedy wrote...

"My mother saved many momentos of my birth, as she did for all the children.  One of them...a framed card that bears an illustration of the White House (and is) signed by President Herbert Hoover...I still have hanging in my Senate office."

Teddy was the fourth son and ninth child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.  He was named after Joe's personal aide and close friend, Edward Moore.
Mr. Moore had been assistants to three mayors of Boston including John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, Teddy's grandfather.

Edward Moore Kennedy was baptized six days later at St. Peter's Church, 311 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester by the Rev. Leo O'Day.  Brother Jack served as godfather and sister Rosemary served as godmother.

Again in his Memoir, Senator Kennedy wrote...

"At the time of my birth...the family spent summers and early autumns in Hyannis Port, and then headed to Bronxville, New York for winters.  We lived there in winter for six years after I was born."

The Kennedy home in Bronxville, where the brothers had an elaborate electric train system, was demolished in the 1950s.

Senator Kennedy had fond memories growing up in the Kennedy clan.  He wrote...

"From my vantage point as the family did not so much live in the world as comprise (it).  We depended on one another.  We loved one another.  We were mutually loyal...with an intensity that owed more to joy than an urge to dominate."

Ted Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962 when his brothers were President and Attorney General of the United States.  With the deaths of both, he continued to serve spending almost forty-seven years in the Senate where he proposed more than 300 bills that were enacted into law.

Senator Kennedy made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for President in 1980, but in his concluding speech he said...

"For me....this campaign (has ended).  For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die."

Senator Edward Moore Kennedy died at the age of 77 on August 25, 2009.  His remains are interred in the Kennedy plot at Arlington National Cemetery.


"The Kennedys:  A Chronological History, 1823-Present," by Harvey Rachlin, World Almanac, New York, 1986.

"True Compass:  A Memoir," by Edward M. Kennedy, Twelve, Hatchette Book Group, New York, 2009.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Massachusetts (D)
Official U.S. Senate Portrait

Ted Kennedy's Gravesite
By Ben Schumin, October 2009
 (own work)