Robert Francis Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also known by his initials RFK and by the nickname Bobby,   was an American lawyer and politician who 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.
- Kathleen, Joseph II, Robert Jr., David, Courtney, Michael, Kerry, Chris, Max, Douglas, Rory
- Harvard University (AB), University of Virginia (LLB)
- Ethel Skakel (m. 1950)
Every Movie President John F. Kennedy Watched While In Office
President John F. Kennedy watched at least 66 feature movies during his almost three years in the White House, including the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No (1962).
18 hours ago
Mar 1, 2023 · Robert F. Kennedy, in full Robert Francis Kennedy, (born November 20, 1925, Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.—died June 6, 1968, Los Angeles, California), U.S. attorney general and adviser during the administration of his brother Pres. John F. Kennedy (1961–63) and later a U.S. senator (1965–68). He was son of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy.
Nov 9, 2009 · Robert Kennedy was the U.S. attorney general from 1961 to 1964 and a U.S. senator from New York from 1965 to 1968. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law,...
- 4 min
- Who Was Robert Kennedy?
- Early Life & Siblings
- Political Career
- Civil Rights
After managing his brother John's presidential campaign, Robert Kennedy was appointed attorney general of the United States in 1960. As attorney general, he fought organized crime and was a key supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. After JFK's assassination, Robert was elected to the U.S. Senate representing the state of New York. RFK was assassi...
Robert Francis Kennedy, nicknamed Bobby, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on November 20, 1925. His parents were Joseph, a rich businessman, and Rose, daughter of the mayor of Boston. Raised as devout Roman Catholics, Robert and his seven siblings enjoyed a life of wealth and privilege. Among Kennedy’s older brothers was future U.S. President ...
Fresh out of law school, Kennedy joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in 1951. In 1952 he resigned the position to lead his older brother John’s senatorial campaign. In 1953 Kennedy became an advisor to the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations under Senator Joseph McCarthy. Kennedy left the position just six months later, obje...
In 1954 Kennedy joined the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations as chief counsel for the Democratic minority. Kennedy aptly expressed his approach to helping minorities achieve equal rights in a speech to South African students: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injust...
In 1968 Kennedy ran against Eugene McCarthy in the presidential election primaries. On June 5, 1968, following his victory speech at the California Democratic Primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Kennedy was shot several times by gunman Sirhan Sirhan. He died the next day at age 42, his promising presidential administration over before i...
On June 6, Kennedy's body was taken to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. The next morning a line of mourners extending 25 blocks long waited to pay their respects. By the afternoon hundreds of thousands more people bid farewell to Kennedy as they watched his coffin pass via funeral train en route to Washington, D.C. Kennedy was buried near his brothe...
Kennedy and his wife Ethel had 11 children: Kathleen, Joseph, Robert Jr., David (1955–1984), Courtney, Michael (1958–1997), Kerry, Christopher, Max, Douglas, and Rory (b. 1968). Rory was born six months after Kennedy's untimely passing. Watch "Robert F. Kennedy: His Many Sides" on HISTORY Vault
He won critical primaries in Indiana and Nebraska and spoke to enthusiastic crowds across the nation. Robert Francis Kennedy was fatally shot on June 5, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California shortly after claiming victory in that state's crucial Democratic primary. He was 42 years old.