Robert Francis Kennedy
Cause of Death Age Burial Location Visited
Gunshot wounds 42 Arlington, Virginia 2003


                                           

Robert Kennedy's final resting place is in                                   Just as requested, RFK is buried beneath
Arlington National Cemetery, several yards                                a simple white cross.
away from his brother's eternal flame.
these photographs were taken in 2004.




                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* The seventh child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925. Prior to attending Harvard College, Kennedy was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. After his departure from Harvard, he enrolled at the University of Virginia School of Law. Passing the bar, Bobby managed his brother John's 1952 Senate campaign, which he won. Later in that year, Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin made Kennedy the assistant counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Kennedy, who eventually became the committee's chief counsel, later took part in the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954. From 1957 to 1959, he was the chief counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee. After that two year stint, which was highlighted by his face-off with Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, Kennedy focused on helping his brother win the presidency.

* Months of hard work payed off on November 8, 1960, when it was announced that John Kennedy had defeated Vice President Richard Nixon and won the presidency. President-elect Kennedy was sworn in on January 20th, and he made his younger brother the head of the Justice Department. Perhaps the most powerful attorney general in U.S. history, his brother often asked for his opinions and advice, making him a great influence in the Kennedy administration.

* Bobby Kennedy had many enemies high up in the government, including officials such as J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson. The attorney general's relationships with these men became even more strained when his brother, the president, was killed. At his home in Virginia on November 22nd, Kennedy was informed of his brother's death by J. Edgar Hoover via the telephone. Later on, Bobby himself stated that he felt Hoover enjoyed relaying the news of the tragedy to him. Johnson also angered Kennedy with his actions on that day. In order to try to make the transition of power seem smoother, LBJ asked the president's widow to stand by him as he took the oath of office. Bobby Kennedy was extremely agitated by this, and spun it as though Johnson had cruelly forced Mrs. Kennedy watch the affair. Even the fact that Johnson took the oath while still in Dallas angered the attorney general, who perceived it as though LBJ couldn't wait to be president. In reality, Johnson took the oath there in Texas because he felt that America needed to be assured as soon as possible that someone was in control of the government. Johnson also traveled back to Washington on Air Force One, which was carrying the body of the slain president, as well as Kennedy's inner circle and widow. This angered the "Kennedy people", who believed that the plane still belonged to their fallen friend. All in all, RFK and his brother's advisors took every action that Johnson made that day and portrayed it in a negative light.

* Maintaining his position as attorney general until September of 1964, RFK was soon elected to the U.S. Senate. Representing the state of New York, he continued to be an advocate for civil rights. One of his most memorable speeches about the issue took place on April 4, 1968, the evening that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In Indianapolis at the time, the young senator broke the news to his audience. While he knew that they would be frustrated, he told the listeners that "What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black." An extended excerpt of this speech is engraved at the senator's memorial, located near his grave in Arlington.

* In 1968, RFK was campaigning for the presidency and was trying to secure the Democratic nomination. On June 4th of that year, Kennedy was at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, waiting for the results of the California Democratic primary election. Around 8:00 p.m, Kennedy was announced as the victor, and he delivered a speech several hours after. Following the speech, the candidate began walking toward the ballroom when an FBI agent instructed him that plans had changed, and that he was supposed to exit through the kitchen. Kennedy complied, and exited where the agent told him to. As he was making his way through the crowded pantry, a man named Sirhan Sirhan, angry about the senator's stance on the Six-Day War, jumped out from behind an ice machine and fired several shots, striking Kennedy three times. Falling to the floor, Kennedy selflessly asked if others were injured. After the assailant was arraigned, Kennedy was taken to a nearby hospital. He struggled for over twenty-five hours before succumbing to his wounds on June 6th at 1:44 a.m. Many people believe to this day that there were multiple shooters and that there was a conspiracy to kill the senator. Nothing of the sort has ever been confirmed.


Spouse: Ethel Kennedy (m. 1950-1968)

P
olitical Party: Democratic Party

L
ast Words: "Don't lift me."
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