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Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Kennedy

1998 Robert Kennedy special dollar coin

Robert Francis Kennedy (November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968) was the brother of John F. Kennedy, and appointed by the latter as Attorney General in his Cabinet. He worked closely with his brother during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

After JFK's assassination, Robert Kennedy was elected to the United States Senate from New York, and served from 1965 until his death.

Closely associated in memory, the two brothers were not at all close as children. John was eight years older, and rarely spent time with Robert while growing up.

Robert Kennedy proved a staunch political operative on several of his brother's campaigns.

In 1968, Robert Kennedy ran for president. He had just won the California primary when he was shot shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968 by Sirhan B. Sirhan. He died the next day, on June 6, 1968. Like his brother's 1963 assassination, Kennedy's death has been plagued with questions. These questions have led various third parties to come up with theories and solutions to the crime.

Robert Kennedy is buried near his brother in Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1998, the United States Mint released a special dollar coin that featured Kennedy on the obverse and the emblems of the United States Department of Justice and the United States Senate on the reverse. In Washington, DC on November 20, 2001, US President George W. Bush dedicated the Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring RFK on what would have been his 76th birthday.

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