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Ted Kennedy

He was known as the great “Liberal Lion of the Senate”. His dream was for a more compassionate nation. He supported liberal* positions on abortion, public education, and capital punishment. He lived a long, tragic and sometimes controversial life, passing away on 25th August 2009. This is the life of Ted Kennedy.

Ted had a privileged childhood. He was born Edward Moore Kennedy on 22nd February 1932 in Massachusetts. He was the youngest of nine children and brother to JFK and Robert Kennedy. Ted grew up in an Irish Catholic family. His mother, Rose Fitzgerald, was the daughter of Boston mayor John Fitzgerald. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was a millionaire businessman. In 1950, Ted followed his brothers to Harvard University, but was expelled for cheating (he asked another student to take a Spanish exam in his place). Ted eventually returned to the university after a period in the armed forces. On leaving Harvard, Ted studied at the International Law School (The Hague) and then entered Virginia Law School, where he received his law degree in 1959. By then, Ted knew that he wanted a career in politics.

His first taste of politics came in 1960. Ted campaigned for his brother, John, in the presidential race. In 1962, shortly after his brother’s victory, Ted was elected to the Senate. At the age of 30, he became a representative for the state of Massachusetts.

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Good news! The latest issue of Hot English (186 – the November issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 23 uses of the verb “to get”. Learn how this useful verb is used to mean lots of different things: to receive, to become, to arrive... Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about the train, 10 useful words for talking about jobs, useful words for talking about your rooms in your house, 8 expressions on the topic of eath, “town” idioms, “time” phrasal verbs... plus: • Economics – world facts. • Marketing – airline stories. • Travel – popular cities. • Grammar – compound nouns. • Film – Bridget Jones. • Nature – dangerous animals. • Culture – world dances. • Movie review – Public Enemies. • Politics – Ted Kennedy. • TV – Fame. • History – Coco Chanel. • Art – house museums. • The law – unusual lawsuits. • Music – controversial stars. • Slang – our dictionary of slang. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!