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Robert Francis Kennedy

  • Birth 20 Nov 1925 Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 6 Jun 1968 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 45, Grid U-33.5
  • Memorial ID 573

US Senator, US Attorney General. He was the third son of Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and the brother of both US President John F. Kennedy and Senator Edward Kennedy. Known as 'Bobby,' he started his career as an attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in 1951. While there he served in several legal capacities, culminating as the chief counsel of Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field from 1957 to 1960. It was here that he made a national name for himself as he waged war on racketeering in the labor movement, and had several public confrontations with Teamsters Leader Jimmy Hoffa. He left that position to serve as Campaign Manager for the Presidential election of his brother in 1960. Upon John Kennedy’s election (and after much personal and family debating) Bobby, only 36, accepted the position of Attorney General in his brother's administration, making him the youngest person ever to hold that office. He stayed on as Attorney General after the assassination of John Kennedy until September 3rd, 1964 when he finally resigned. Later that year he moved his family to New York. He ran a successful campaign and was elected as a Democratic Senator from New York to the United States Senate, taking office in early 1965. In 1968 he was a late entry into the Presidential campaign. However, he was gaining momentum and on June 4th, 1968, he won the California Primary and seemed posed to win the Democratic Presidential nomination. While at a victory party that evening at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, he was shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan, and later died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

Bio by: John Sheets





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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Francis Kennedy (20 Nov 1925–6 Jun 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 573, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .