Robert F. Kennedy Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1925 - 1968 *** Full Name: Robert Francis Kennedy *** Nickname: Bobby *** Occupation: American Lawyer and Politician *** Date of Birth: Robert F. Kennedy was born on November 20th 1925 *** Place of Birth: Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. *** Family background: His father was Joseph Patrick Kennedy, a businessman and government official and his mother was Rose Fitzgerald. The family was very well off and expectations were that Joseph. Jr would work towards getting elected as President of the United States *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with eight siblings, Joseph. Jr, John F., Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Jean and Edward *** Education: Robert F. Kennedy attended kindergarten, Bronxville School followed by Riverdale Country School. While in England for a short time he attended the Gibbs school for Boys in London and then St Paulís School in Concord, Portsmouth Priory School in Rhode Island and Milton Academy ***
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 1: Robert F. Kennedy was born on November 20th 1925 and during the 20th century period in history when so many wonderful and terrible events shaped the world. World War I and World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War but also such marvels as advances in medicine, technology, travel, the expansion of car travel and air travel and a massive change within the industry of entertainment.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 2: He was not over bright at school, he was referred to as ďa regular boyĒ and had to repeat his third grade.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 3: In 1942 he was enrolled at the Milton Academy in Massachusetts. While attending Milton he met David Hackett and they became firm friends.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 4: Just prior to turning eighteen he enlisted as a Seaman Apprentice in the U.S. Naval Reserve where he received his V-12 Navy College Training Program at Harvard. While in the V-12 program he would not see action and felt like a draft dodger and he felt even worse after the death of his brother Joe, Killed in Action.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 5: In May of 1936 he was honorably discharged and received the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 6: Having returned to Harvard after the war he graduated in March 1948 with a bachelorís degree in political science.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 7: After a tour of Europe and the Middle East he returned home where he enrolled at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville from which he graduated in June of 1951.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 8: He met and married Ethel Skakel in 1950 and their first daughter was born on July 4th 1951. That summer Robert F. Kennedy studied for his bar exam.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 9: By September of 1951, having worked for the Boston Post while he was touring Europe, he again was assigned as a correspondent to san Francisco to cover the Treaty of Peace with Japan after which he, together with their sister Patricia and brother John the three went on a trip to visit India, Israel, Japan and Vietnam. During this time, John and his brother Robert relationship became stronger.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 10: By November of that year Robert F. Kennedy was working for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as a lawyer in the Internal Security Section. His job was to investigate suspect Soviet agents.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 11: In June of 1952 Robert F. Kennedy had quit his job to assist his brother John in his bid for the White House beginning with his 1952 U.S. Senate campaign success.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 12: Between 1956 and 1960 Robert F. Kennedy worked for Adlai Stevenson during the presidential election which would give him a good insight into the workings of the campaigns. By 1959 he rejoined his brother to run his presidential campaign.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 13: As his brother was running for the nomination within his own party, Lyndon Johnsonís supporters, also running for the nomination, revealed that JFK had be diagnosed with Addisonís disease and Robert F. Kennedy took it upon himself to try and deny any allegations with relation to his brotherís health.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 14: Once JFK became President Robert was appointed as Attorney General and although many felt he lacked the required experience in fact he was quite knowledgeable when it came to fighting organized crime.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 15: During his brotherís presidency he was his brotherís closest adviser and he relied on him heavily and he did not let his brother down.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 16: During his term as Attorney General the conviction rate for organized crime went up eight hundred percent.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 17: He was also keenly involved in the civil rights enforcement. During 1966 he toured South Africa where he was a huge champion of the anti-apartheid movement.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 18: After the assassination of his brother many said Robert became a changed man and according to his son Robert F. Kennedy, Jr many years later, his father felt that Oswald had not acted alone.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 19: With his brotherís assassination, he left the cabinet and ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate even though he had thought about stepping away from politics altogether but he ran and would win. Robert F. Kennedy Fact 20: Although he never had any aspiration to become President of the United States himself, he would be told that during the Vietnam conflict his picture was seen many times on the walls of the poorest and it was said that he had an ďobligation of staying true to whatever it was that put those pictures on those walls.Ē
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 21: On March 16th of 1968 Robert F. Kennedy announced in the Caucus Room where eight years before his brother had made the same announcement, that he had decided to run for the President of the United States.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 22: His campaign pledges ran along similar lines to those of his brotherís but with improvements and amendments. His campaign was going well and he won the California primary.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 23: On June 5th 1968 he was attending The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where he addressed his supporters. As he was departing the hotel, having been strongly advised by his bodyguard Bill Barry an FBI agent, to avoid the kitchen, he ended up being taken out of the ballroom via the hotel kitchen.
Robert F. Kennedy Fact 24: Robert F. Kennedy was shot three times in a kitchen passageway by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. Still alive, although he lost consciousness, he was rushed to the Central Receiving Hospital in Los Angeles before being transferred to the Good Samaritan Hospital where he died of his injuries on June 6th 1968. His body laid to rest beside that of his brother John in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia.
Influence & Legacy: His brother Ted said of him ďMy 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. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.'