Edward Brooke, Pioneering Black U.S. Senator, Dies
Brooke, who was best known as the first black U.S. Senator elected since Reconstruction, died at age 95.By Christian Bryant | January 3, 2015
Edward W. Brooke, the former U.S. senator from Massachusetts, died at his home in Florida Saturday at age 95.
Brooke was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966 — the first African-American elected since Reconstruction. Since his departure from the Senate in the ‘70s, there have been only six other black senators, including President Obama, Cory Booker and South Carolina’s Tim Scott.
Brooke served in World War II before beginning his career in politics. He was the first African-American elected as attorney general in any state before going on to serve in the U.S. Senate as a Republican, falling in with the party’s liberal wing aligned with Nelson Rockefeller.