Bobby Kennedy

About Bobby Kennedy

  

Robert Francis Kennedy also known as Bobby Kenny was born on November 1925, in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. His older brothers were Joseph P Kennedy and John F. "Jack" Kennedy, who was elected the 35th President of the United States in 1960. His younger brother was longtime United States Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy.  All four of his grandparents were children of Irish immigrants.


“They were my friends, my life in and out of politics” by Gerard. F. Doherty, gives an insight into the life of senator Robert Kennedy. The book deal with those parts of Bobby Kennedy’s life that are usually hidden from the eyes of the common people. Bobby Kennedy served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964 and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. This fact is hardly known that in 1965, Robert Kennedy was part of a group that was the first to ascend Mount Kennedy, which at the time was the highest unclimbed peak in North America. The 14,000-foot peak, named for John Kennedy, is located in Yukon, Canada.


After John F. Kennedy was elected president in November 1960, he named his brother Robert Kennedy as America’s 64th attorney general. In this role, Bobby Kennedy continued to battle corruption in labor unions, as well as mobsters and organized crime. In 1964, Jimmy Hoffa was convicted of jury tampering and fraud.


As attorney general, Bobby Kennedy also supported the civil rights movement for African Americans. In the fall of 1962, he sent thousands of federal troops to Oxford, Mississippi, to enforce a U.S. Supreme Court order admitting the first black student, James Meredith, to the University of Mississippi.


The state’s segregationist governor, Ross Barnett, had attempted to bar Meredith, whose enrollment prompted riots and violence at the school.


Additionally, Kennedy worked with his brother, as well as his successor as president, Lyndon B. Johnson, on the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed racial discrimination in voting, employment and public facilities.


Bobby Kennedy also acted as one of his brother’s closest political advisors in the White House and was involved in important foreign policy decisions, including the administration’s handling of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. He later wrote a book about the crisis, titled Thirteen Days, which was published posthumously in 1969.


On November 22, 1963, 46-year-old President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Robert Kennedy stayed on as attorney general under President Johnson until September 1964, when he resigned to embark on a campaign to represent New York in the U.S. Senate.


As senator, Kennedy championed civil rights and social justice issues. He traveled to Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, migrant workers’ camps and urban ghettos to study the effects of poverty, and made trips abroad to such places as apartheid-ruled South Africa to advocate for the advancement of human rights.

In 1968, Kennedy was urged by his supporters to run for president as an antiwar and socially progressive Democrat.


In the early hours of June 5, 1968, shortly after delivering a speech to celebrate his win in the California primary, Bobby Kennedy was shot in a kitchen corridor outside the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He died the next day at age 42.