Robert F ("Bobby") Kennedy. Includes a poem on R.Kennedy by Ron Wilson

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Robert Francis ("Bobby") Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy was born in 1925 in Brookline Massachusetts , and was

raised with traditional family values. He was a true patriot, with a strong

sense of nationalism. While Attending Harvard University, he saw that his

country needed his help, so he put his undergraduate studies on hold to

serve his country's Navy in World War II. When he returned home, he

finished his Bachelor's degree at Harvard, and received an LL.B. from the

university of Virginia Law. In 1951 he served as Attorney to the U.S.

Department of Jjustice, but in 1952 he resigned to manage his brother

John's senatorial campaign.

In 1953, he served as assistant counsel under Senator Joseph

McCarthy's permanent investigators subcommittee. He resigned in 1956

because he didn't agree with all of Senator McCarthy's ideas and methods.

He then in 1957 was elected to be chief council for the Senate Rackets'

committee. During that time he exposed mofia figureheads such as Jimmy

Hoffa and Dave Beck. He seemed to be obsessed with dismantling the

Mofia. Under his brother's administration, he continued his attack on the

Mofia. Robert Kennedy had no sympathy for the mob, nor did he care that

he was being criticized by the media for his "harsh measures" such as his

extensive use of wiretaps .

In 1964 he resigned as Attorney General to subsequently gain a Senate

seat from New York. While being a Senator, his views on government

slightly changed. He was now paying more attention to the needs of the

poor minorities, and was criticizing the involvement of the United States in

the Vietnam War.

In March of 1968, he announced that he would be running for

President on the Democratic ticket. His charismatic personality appealed to

voters of all ethnic backgrounds and...