Jan 04, 2015

Edward Brooke, 1st black elected US senator, dies

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home, said Ralph Neas, Brooke's former chief counsel. Brooke was surrounded by his family. Brooke was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to...

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