Thursday, February 22, 2018



Dorchester, Massachusetts (JFK+50) On 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.    Teddy was the fourth son and ninth child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 

Ted 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, Ted's grandfather.

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.

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 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.

Rich Simon and Claudia Luther wrote...

"As the standard-bearer for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Teddy Kennedy learned how to wield power in the Senate and move the government in that direction.  He found...ways to work with Republican administrations and senators to fashion significant legislation." 

*Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) served in the U.S. Senate for more than 40 years.  At the time of his passing, EMK was the 2nd most senior member of that body.  After his defeat for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1980, EMK said:  "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, & the dreams shall never die."


"Edward Kennedy dies at 77; 'Liberal Lion of the Senate', by Rich Simon & Claudia Luther, August 26, 2009, Los Angeles Times,

"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