Italian campaign. Edward William Brooke III (October 26, 1919 – January 3, 2015) was an American politician of the Republican Party, who represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate from 1967 until 1979. Prior to serving in the senate, he served as the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1963 until 1967.
Edward Brooke, in full Edward William Brooke, (born October 26, 1919, Washington, D.C.—died January 3, 2015, Coral Gables, Florida), American lawyer and politician who was the first African American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served two terms (1967–79).
Edward W. Brooke’s election to the U.S. Senate in 1966 ended an 86–year absence of African–American Senators. 1 Brooke was the first popularly elected Senator and the first black politician from Massachusetts to serve in Congress.
Sep 23, 2003 · Edward Brooke, III was born in Washington, D.C., on October 26, 1919. His father, Edward Brooke, Jr., was an attorney for the Veterans Administration for more than fifty years, and his mother, Helen, later worked on all of Brooke’s political campaigns.
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Edward William Brooke III (October 26, 1919 – January 3, 2015) is an American Republican politician, in 1966 being the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. He was the only person of African heritage sent to the Senate in the 20th century until Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1993, and the only African-Am...
Edward William Brooke III was born on October 26, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Edward Brooke, Jr. and Helen (Seldon) Brooke. He was the second of three children; the Brookes' first-born died at age 3 before he was born. He was raised in a middle class section of the city, and attended Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.)|Dunbar High School, then ...
In 1966 Brooke defeated former Governor Endicott Peabody with 1,213,473 votes to 744,761, and served as a United States Senator for two terms, from January 3, 1967, to January 3, 1979. The black vote had "no measurable bearing" on the election as less than 3% of the state's population was black, and Peabody also supported civil rights for blacks. B...
Jan 19, 2007 · Edward William Brooke III was the first African American to be elected by popular vote to the United States Senate. Brooke, an African American, Protestant Republican, won elective office in the overwhelmingly white, Catholic, Democratic state of Massachusetts and emerged as a leader in the U.S. Senate.