Torbert Macdonald
Recipient of the Purple Heart medal
Torbert Macdonald
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.
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    FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 58
    He was reelected ten times, and died in office on May 21, 1976, in Bethesda, Maryland.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was also responsible for the "sports blackout bill" which provides for the broadcast of local sold -out sporting contests. Another focus was his effort to reform campaign broadcasting practices, addressing his concern that competent candidates were being priced out of the process, and others were buying their way in. While recognized as an active legislator, he was also justly noted for his high level of service to individual constituents and their problems. His sharp wit and sense of humor garnered him among his Congressional colleagues the nickname "The Needle".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 36
    Macdonald was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth Congress in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details During his career, he served as Majority Whip, and as ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce.
  • 1948
    Age 30
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1945
    Age 27
    He was married to the actress Phyllis Brooks from 1945 until his death.
    More Details Hide Details They had four children, the eldest of whom was President Kennedy's godson. His interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts.
  • 1940
    Age 22
    At Harvard, Macdonald earned his B.A. in 1940 and his LL.B. in 1946 from its law school.
    More Details Hide Details Torby served in the United States Navy as a PT boat commander in the Southwest Pacific from 1942 to 1944 and was awarded the Silver Star Combat Award, Purple Heart and Presidential Citation.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    Macdonald was born in Everett, Massachusetts in 1917 and grew up in Malden, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details 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. They remained close friends throughout their lives, with Macdonald serving as an usher at then-Senator Kennedy's wedding and as an Honorary Pallbearer at President Kennedy's funeral.
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