Profession: US Senator
Why Famous: Edward W. Brooke was the first African American popularly elected to the US Senate and the first since Reconstruction. Brooke served for two terms representing Massachusetts and was a moderate Republican.
Brooke always emphasized that he wasn't an African American leader but rather served the whole of Massachusetts. He became a powerful figure on the Appropriations Committee and a significant voice on social housing.
Known for his independence and ability to cross party lines he twice voted against President Nixon's nominations for the US Supreme Court.
- 1947-06-07 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (27) weds first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco
- 1978-06-15 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (58) divorces first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco after 31 years of marriage
- 1979-05-12 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (59) weds second wife Anne Lee Fleming
- 1962-11-06 Edward W. Brooke (R) elected attorney general of Massachusetts
- 1966-11-08 Edward W. Brooke (Rep-R-Mass) becomes 1st African American popularly elected to the US Senate
- 1967-01-10 Edward W. Brooke (Sen-R-Mass), takes his seat as the 1st popularly elected African American to the US Senate