Torbert Macdonald

Torbert Macdonald

Recipient of the Purple Heart Medal
Born Jun 6, 1917

Torbert Hart Macdonald, nicknamed Torby, was a politician from Massachusetts. He served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. Macdonald was born in Everett, Massachusetts in 1917 and grew up in Malden, Massachusetts. After several years in public school, he entered Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Macdonald attended Harvard University, where he was captain of the football team and the roommate of John F. Kennedy.… Read More

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1917 Birth Macdonald was born in Everett, Massachusetts in 1917 and grew up in Malden, Massachusetts. … Read More


1940 23 Years Old At Harvard, Macdonald earned his B.A. in 1940 and his LL.B. in 1946 from its law school. … Read More
1945 28 Years Old He was married to the actress Phyllis Brooks from 1945 until his death. … Read More
1946 29 Years Old He was admitted to the bar in 1946 and commenced the practice of law in Boston, Massachusetts as a partner in the firm of Stoneman, Macdonald & Chandler.


1948 31 Years Old Torby was a member of the National Labor Relations Board for New England area from 1948 to 1952, and he was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1960, 1964, and 1968.
1954 37 Years Old Macdonald was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth Congress in 1954. … Read More


1967 50 Years Old He was often referred to as the "Father of Public Broadcasting", since he was one of the legislators primarily responsible for Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. … Read More
1976 59 Years Old He was reelected ten times, and died in office on May 21, 1976, in Bethesda, Maryland.
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