Edward Brooke

United States Politician + Lawyer
Born Oct 26, 1919

Edward William Brooke III is an American politician and was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican from Massachusetts in 1966, defeating his Democratic opponent, former Massachusetts governor, Endicott Peabody in a landslide. He served for two terms, and was defeated by Paul Tsongas in the 1978 senate election.… Read More

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1919 Birth Edward William Brooke III was born on October 26, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Edward William Brooke, Jr. and Helen (Seldon) Brooke. … Read More


1936 16 Years Old After graduating in 1936, he enrolled in Howard University, where he first considered medicine, but ended up studying social studies and political science.


1941 21 Years Old Brooke graduated in 1941, and enlisted in the United States Army immediately after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. … Read More
1948 28 Years Old Following his discharge, Brooke graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 1948. "I never studied much at Howard," he reflected, "but at Boston University, I didn't do much else but study." … Read More


1950 30 Years Old In 1950 he ran for a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. … Read More


1962 42 Years Old He parlayed his achievements there into a successful election as Attorney General of Massachusetts in 1962; he was the first elected African-American Attorney General of any state. … Read More
1966 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1966, he became the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. … Read More
1967 47 Years Old In 1967, Brooke was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.
1968 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Brooke, who supported Michigan Governor George W. Romney and New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller's bids for the 1968 GOP presidential nomination against Richard Nixon's, often differed with President Nixon on matters of social policy and civil rights.
1969 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, Congress enacted the "Brooke Amendment" to the federal publicly assisted housing program which limited the tenants' out-of-pocket rent expenditure to 25 percent of their income. … Read More


1972 52 Years Old 1 More Event
The press discussed Brooke as a possible replacement for Spiro Agnew as Nixon's running mate in the 1972 presidential election.
1973 - 1975 3 More Events
1976 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, he also took on the role of supporter of wide-scale, legalized abortion. … Read More
1978 58 Years Old In Massachusetts, Brooke's support among Catholics weakened due to his stance on abortion. During the 1978 re-election campaign, the state's bishops spoke in opposition to his leading role. … Read More


1984 64 Years Old In 1984 he was selected as chairman of the Boston Bank of Commerce, and one year later he was named to the board of directors of Grumman.
1992 72 Years Old In 1992, a Brooke assistant stated in a plea agreement as part of an investigation into corruption at the Department of Housing and Urban Development that Brooke had falsely answered questions about whether he or the assistant had tried to improperly influence HUD officials on behalf of housing and real estate developers who had paid large consulting fees to Brooke. … Read More
1996 76 Years Old In 1996, Brooke became the first chairman of the World Policy Council, a think tank of Alpha Phi Alpha, an African-American fraternity. … Read More
2002 82 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Edward Brooke on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.
2004 84 Years Old On June 23, 2004, President George W. Bush awarded Brooke the Presidential Medal of Freedom. … Read More
2009 89 Years Old Two days after his 90th birthday, Brooke was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal on October 28, 2009. … Read More
2015 95 Years Old On January 3, 2015, Brooke died at his home in Coral Gables, Florida, at the age of 95. … Read More
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