Edward Brooke

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Edward Brooke
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Former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
From: January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979
Predecessor Leverett Saltonstall
Successor Paul Tsongas
Former Attorney General of Massachusetts
From: January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Predecessor Edward McCormack
Successor Ed Martin
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Remigia Ferrari-Scacco (div. 1979)
Anne Brooke
Religion Episcopalian
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Service Years 1941–1946
Rank Captain
Unit 366th Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars World War II

Edward William Brooke III (October 26, 1919 – January 3, 2015) was an American politician who served as a Moderate Republican Senator from Massachusetts. He was the first African American elected to the Senate by popular vote and a strong advocate for civil rights.

Then U.S. President George W. Bush awarded Brooke the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. He died in 2015 at the age of ninety-five and is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Early life and career

Brooke was born in Washington, D.C. and attended public schools. He graduated from Howard University there in 1941 and Boston University Law School in 1948. He served as a captain in the United States Army in the European theatre.

Political career

He settled in Massachusetts and held offices in Boston before being elected Massachusetts attorney general in 1962 (re-elected in 1964). He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966 and re-elected in 1972. He lost re-election 1978 to Democrat Paul Tsongas.

Being an accomplished black leader with sterling integrity, Brooke gave a speech at Wellesley College in 1969 only to be subsequently trashed by a young Hillary Clinton,[1][2] later to be known for her extreme corruption and racism.

Brooke was "pro-choice" on abortion,[3][4] which he claimed he did not personally support but favored offering women the legality to terminate their pregnancies." His stance on the issue ultimately weakened support from Boston Catholics and further contributed to his 1978 defeat.[5]


  1. Llewellyn, John (January 6, 2015). When Edward Met Hillary. Huffington Post. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  2. Butler, Joanne (January 29, 2019). OPINION: Hillary Clinton — The Angriest Democrat In America. The Daily Caller. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  3. Interview with Edward W. Brooke. Edward M. Kennedy Institute. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  4. "Medically Necessary" or "Health" Abortions: Abortion on Demand by Another Name. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  5. Did you know … Edward Brooke III?. History Novels R Us. Retrieved February 17, 2021.

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