Ted Kennedy.


Even though he had just lost a key vote in the Senate on a cherished piece of legislation — the patients' bill of rights — there was a lightness to Sen.

Edward M. Kennedy’s step as he strode out of the Capitol on a Thursday night in mid-July of 1999. § For one thing, he knew the legislative battle was not over. “We’ll be back to fight and fight and fight again,” Kennedy vowed. But what really buoyed the senator’s spirits was the prospect of the wedding that weekend of his niece, Rory, the youngest child of his brother Bobby, at the family compound in Hyannis Port. Rory had been born six months after her father was assassinated in June 1968 — a turning point in Ted Kennedy’s life.

More from Chapter 7