Edward William Brooke (October 26, 1919 A.D – January 3, 2015 A.D), American legislator, born in Washington, D.C., and educated at Howard University. During World War II Brooke served in the infantry, rose to the rank of captain, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
After the war he attended Boston University Law School. In 1960 A.D he was appointed chairman of the investigative Boston Finance Commission, and in 1962 A.D he was elected attorney general of Massachusetts; he was returned to this post in 1964 A.D.
Two years later he was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican, the first black to serve in the upper house since the Reconstruction era and the first ever to be elected by popular vote; he was reelected in 1972 A.D. Hurt by a widely publicized divorce and accusations of financial misconduct, he was defeated when he ran again in 1978A.D.
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