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Robert Francis Kennedy, Sr.

Also Known As: "RFK", "Bobby Kennedy"
Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Cause of death: assassinated by gunman
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Kennedy
Husband of Ethel Kennedy
Father of Kathleen Hartington Townsend; Joseph P. Kennedy II; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; David Anthony Kennedy; <private> Hill (Kennedy) and 6 others
Brother of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.; John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the USA; Rosemary Kennedy; Kathleen, Marchioness of Hartington; Eunice Mary Shriver and 3 others

Occupation: U.S. Attorney General 1962, United States Attorney General (1961-1964), United States Senator (1965, Politician, Senator, Attorney
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About Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General

U.S. Navy 1944-46

Married at St. Mary's Church, Greenwich, Connecticut onJune 17, 1950; honeymooned in Hawaii, and travelled across the U.S. of A.

Stephen S. Wise Award for "advancing human freedom"

1968 Presidential nominee; Assassinated in 1968 by Sirhan Sirhan.

Dorothy Willard is Robert Kennedy's 11th Cousin once Removed.

American politician. He was United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and a United States Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was one of the younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and also one of his most trusted advisers, working closely with the president during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his brother's November 1963 assassination, Kennedy continued as Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson for nine months. He resigned in September 1964 and was elected to the United States Senate from New York that November. He broke with Johnson over the Vietnam War, among other issues.

After Eugene McCarthy nearly defeated Johnson in the New Hampshire primary in early 1968, Kennedy announced his own campaign for president, seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party. Kennedy defeated McCarthy in the critical California primary but was shot shortly after midnight of June 5, 1968, dying on June 6. On June 9, President Johnson assigned security staff to all Presidential candidates and declared an official day of national mourning in response to the public grief

Main article: Robert F. Kennedy assassination

Robert F. Kennedy's Grave in Arlington National Cemetery

Headstone of Robert F. KennedyOn June 4, 1968, Kennedy scored a major victory when he won the California primary. He addressed his supporters in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in a ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Leaving the ballroom, he went through the hotel kitchen after being told it was a shortcut,[28] despite being advised to avoid the kitchen by his bodyguard, FBI agent Bill Barry. In a crowded kitchen passageway, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian, opened fire with a .22 caliber revolver and shot Kennedy in the head at close range. Following the shooting, Kennedy was rushed to The Good Samaritan Hospital where he died early the next morning.[29]

His body was returned to New York City, where it lay in state at St. Patrick's Cathedral for several days before the funeral Mass held there. His brother, Senator Ted Kennedy, eulogized him with the words, "My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."

Senator Kennedy concluded his eulogy, paraphrasing his deceased brother Robert by quoting George Bernard Shaw: "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'" During Kennedy's 1968 campaign, he would often quote Shaw's words.[30]

Immediately following the Mass, Kennedy's body was transported by special train to Washington, D.C. Thousands of mourners lined the tracks and stations, paying their respects as the train passed by.

Kennedy was buried near his brother, John, in Arlington National Cemetery. He had always maintained that he wished to be buried in Massachusetts, but his family believed that, since the brothers had been so close in life, they should be near each other in death. In accordance with his wishes, Kennedy was buried with the bare minimum military escort and ceremony. Robert Kennedy's burial at Arlington National Cemetery was the only one to ever take place at night. Coordinates: 38°52′52″N 77°04′17″W / 38.88118, -77.0715

After the assassination, the mandate of the Secret Service was altered to include protection of presidential candidates.

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Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General's Timeline

November 20, 1925
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 4
Bronxville, Westchester, New York
- 1960
Age 24
U.S. Justice Dept.
July 4, 1951
Age 25
Greenwich, Fairfield, CT, USA
September 24, 1952
Age 26
Brighton, Boston, MA, USA
January 17, 1954
Age 28
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
June 15, 1955
Age 29
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
February 27, 1958
Age 32
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA