Edward Brooke, first African-American elected to the US Senate, dies at 95

Edward Brooke, first African-American elected to the US Senate, dies at 95 #769

Brooke, a liberal Massachusetts Republican, was one of only two African-Americans to serve in the Senate in the 20th century.

Edward W. Brooke, who in 1966 became the first African-American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate and who influenced major anti-poverty laws before his bright political career unraveled over allegations of financial impropriety regarding private loans, died his home in Naples, Fla. He was 95.

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