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Senator Ted Kennedy - "The Lion of the Senate"
"Senator Ted Kennedy's life was filled with tragedy, scandal and achievement. He died on August 25, 2009. His death marks the end of an American dynasty."
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Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy was born into a prominent family, his father a powerful Democratic politician, his mother the daughter of a well-loved mayor of Boston. Ted began his college years at the family alma mater, Harvard. What was remarkable about Ted's Harvard college career?
He was expelled, and readmitted two years later
He was elected president of his class
He maintained a high GPA throughout four years
He switched to Yale in his junior year
Upon completing his education, Ted helped manage his brother John's campaigns for the Senate and the Presidency. When JFK's Senate seat became vacant after he won the Presidency in 1960, it had Ted's name written all over it. But Ted was unable to finish out John's term. Why?
He didn't meet the residency requirement
He didn't want it
His father was against it
He was too young
While Ted was in law school, he met Virgina Joan Bennett, a model and college student. They were married in 1958, and had three children. Did their marriage survive until his death, despite all the scandals and gossip about the couple?
The Kennedy family has suffered many tragedies. In 1964, the year after President Kennedy was killed, Ted and several others were on their way to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention when a terrible accident occured. What happened?
Their bus blew a tire and crashed
Their plane crashed in bad weather
The car they were riding in veered off the road and crashed
The train they were riding was derailed
In June of 1968, Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles while campaigning for the Presidency. Ted was devastated, but many people still saw him as the man to take Robert's place as the 1968 Democratic candidate. Who finally received the Democratic presidential nomination that year?
A year after Robert's death, several young women who had worked for his campaign were attending a party given in their honor. Senator Kennedy was present, but left the party with Mary Jo Kopechne, a former RFK campaign worker. There was an unfortunate accident, and the young woman died. Where did this incident take place?
Ted Kennedy finally decided to make a serious run for the presidency in 1980. Who finally ended up as the Democratic candidate in the 1980 presidential election?
In the ensuing years, reports concerning drunken antics and sexual peccadilloes surfaced, which in turn affected Senator Kennedy's influence as a Senator. However, something happened that seemed to turn his life around. What was it?
He became very religious
He lost an election
He joined AA
He met his second wife, Victoria
Kennedy fought long and hard for the passage of a bill concerning a particular issue. What issue is the Senator best remembered for?
On May 17, 2008, Ted Kennedy collapsed in a seizure while at the Kennedy Compound. What was the diagnosis?
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