|Former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts|
From: January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979
|Former Attorney General of Massachusetts|
From: January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
|Spouse(s)||Remigia Ferrari-Scacco (div. 1979)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Service Years|| 1941–1946|
|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 Republican Senator from Massachusetts. He was the first African American elected to the Senate by popular vote and was a strong advocate for civil rights.
Early life and career
Brooke was born in Washington, D.C. and attended public schools. He graduated from Howard University in 1941 and Boston University Law School in 1948. He served as a captain in the United States Army, serving in the European theatre.
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, later to be known for her extreme corruption and racism.
A very Moderate Republican, Brooke was "pro-choice" on abortion, claiming that he didn't support it though legally favored a women's "right to choose." His stance on the issue ultimately weakened support from Boston Catholics, further contributing to his 1978 defeat.
- Llewellyn, John (January 6, 2015). When Edward Met Hillary. Huffington Post. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Butler, Joanne (January 29, 2019). OPINION: Hillary Clinton — The Angriest Democrat In America. The Daily Caller. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Interview with Edward W. Brooke. Edward M. Kennedy Institute. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- "Medically Necessary" or "Health" Abortions: Abortion on Demand by Another Name. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Did you know … Edward Brooke III?. History Novels R Us. Retrieved February 17, 2021.