Brooke, Edward W. (Edward William), 1919-

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Birth 1919-10-26

Biographical notes:

First popularly elected African American to serve in U.S. Senate, lawyer, and attorney general of Massachusetts.

From the description of Edward William Brooke papers, 1956-1988 (bulk 1963-1978). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982039

African American lawyer, Massachusetts attorney general, and U.S. senator.

From the description of Papers, 1956-1988 (bulk 1963-1978). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 31605190

Biographical Note

  • 1919, Oct. 26: Born, Washington, D.C.
  • 1941: Graduated, Howard University, Washington, D.C. Drafted in December as 2nd lieutenant assigned to 366th Combat Infantry Regiment
  • 1947: Married Remigia Ferrari-Scacco
  • 1948: B.A. in law, Boston University, Boston. Mass.
  • 1950: M.A. in law, Boston University, Boston, Mass. Ran for state representative from twelfth ward, Roxbury, Mass.; defeated in general election
  • 1952: Defeated in second attempt to become a Massachusetts state representative Received the American Veterans of World War II Distinguished Service Award
  • 1960: Republican candidate for secretary of state of Massachusetts
  • 1961: Appointed chairman of Boston Finance Commission, Boston, Mass.
  • 1962: Elected attorney general of Massachusetts
  • 1966: Elected as junior senator from Massachusetts
  • 1967: Took office as United States senator Received the Charles Evans Hughes Award and the Arthur Barnett Spingarn Medal awarded by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • 1972: Reelected United States senator
  • 1978: Lost bid for reelection to United States Senate Entered private law practice
  • 1982: Admitted to District of Columbia bar

From the guide to the Edward William Brooke Papers, 1956-1988, (bulk 1963-1978), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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