Born: Nov. 20, 1925 - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Died: Jun. 6, 1968 - Los Angeles, California, USA
Robert served in the Naval Reserves from 1944 to 1946 before returning to Harvard for his BA in 1948. He then studied law at the University of Virginia and was duly elected president of the Student Legal Forum. He graduated in 1951 and was married to Ethel Skakel that same month. He passed the Massachusetts bar exam later that year. He then took a position as correspondent for the Boston Globe. He went on a long trip to Asia with his brother John and the two became closer. On their return, Robert worked as an assistant counsel to the Senate committee chaired by Joseph McCarthy. He was the chief counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee from 1957 to 1959 where he challenged Jimmy Hoffa over corrupt practices in the Teamsters' Union. in 1960, he published The Enemy Within, concerning these practices. He resigned from the committee in order to help his brother in his bid for the Presidency. When elected, John named him his new Attorney General. He became the Presidents' closest advisor over the next three years. He was known for his vigorous attacks on organized crime and as an advocate of civil rights. When John was assassinated, Robert continued as Attorney General in the Johnson administration for some months before leaving to become Senator for New York in 1964. In 1968, he was the leading candidate for the Presidency and would probably have been elected but for his own assassination by Sirhan Sirhan later that year. His other works include (1962), The Pursuit of Justice (1964), To Seek a Newer World (1967) and Thirteen Days; A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis (1969 Posthumous).
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A Free Trade in Ideas
Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis
What About a Peace Corps Spirit At Home?
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