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Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy

  • (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician, a Democratic senator from New York, and a noted civil rights activist.
  •  Brother of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Edward Moore Kennedy, grandson of John Francis Fitzgerald, uncle of Patrick J. Kennedy, and father of Joseph Patrick Kennedy II 
  • United States Navy Reserve 1944-1946
  • Graduated from Harvard University in 1948 and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1951; admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1951
  • Campaign manager for John F. Kennedy’s election to the United States Senate in 1952
  • Campaign manager for John F. Kennedy’s election to the Presidency in 1960.
  • From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General under JFK
  • Following his brother John’s assassination on November 22, 1963, Kennedy continued to serve as Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson for nine months.
  • September 1964, Kennedy resigned to seek the U.S. Senate seat from New York,
  • Publicly split with Johnson over the Vietnam War.
  • In March 1968, Kennedy began a campaign for the presidency and was a front-running candidate of the Democratic Party.
  • California presidential primary on June 4, Kennedy defeated Eugene McCarthy, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota. Following a brief victory speech delivered just past midnight on June 5 at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan. (Sparingly)