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Edward Brooke
Edward Brooke.jpg
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Leverett Saltonstall
Succeeded by Paul Tsongas
Attorney General of Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Governor Endicott Peabody
John A. Volpe
Preceded by Edward J. McCormack, Jr.
Succeeded by Edward Martin (Acting)
Personal details
Born October 26, 1919 (1919-10-26) (age 100)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Remigia Ferrari-Scacco (m. 1947–1979) «start: (1947)–end+1: (1980)»"Marriage: Remigia Ferrari-Scacco to Edward Brooke" Location: (linkback:
Anne Fleming (m. 1979–present) «start: (1979)»"Marriage: Anne Fleming to Edward Brooke" Location: (linkback:
Children Remi (with Remigia)
Edwina (with Remigia)
Edward (with Anne)
Residence Washington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater Howard University
Boston University School of Law
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1941–1946
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit 366th Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars World War II

Edward William Brooke III (born October 26, 1919) is an American politician. He was elected to the United States Senate[1] as a Republican from Massachusetts in 1966. He beat his Democratic rival Endicott Peabody by many votes.

He served for two terms, and lost to Paul Tsongas in the 1978 Senate election. Brooke is the oldest living former Senator since Harry F. Byrd, Jr.'s death on July 30, 2013.[2]

Early life

Brooke was born on October 26, 1919 in Washington, D.C. He was raised in Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts. Brooke studied at Howard University and the Boston University School of Law.


Brooke was the first African-American politician to be popularly elected to the Senate.[3] He was the only person of African heritage sent to the Senate in the 20th century until Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1993.[4]

Brooke was the last Republican Senator elected from Massachusetts until Scott Brown was elected in 2010.[4] Brooke is also the oldest living former Republican Senator[2] and oldest living former Senator after the death of Harry F. Byrd, Jr. in July 2013.[2] Byrd was Senator around the same time as Brooke.[4]

Personal life

He married Remigia Ferrari-Scacco in 1947. They had two children. They divorced in 1979. He married Ann Fleming in 1979. They had one child. He wrote a book about his life, Bridging the Divide: My Life, in 2007. He lives in Washington, D.C.

In September 2002, he was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, has assumed a national role in raising awareness of the disease among men.[5]


Other websites

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