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Benjamin A. Smith II

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Benjamin Atwood Smith II (March 16, 1916 – September 6, 1991) was a United States Senator from the U.S. State of Massachusetts.

Smith was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts and he graduated from Harvard University where he was a roommate of John F. Kennedy. Smith served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Smith served as Mayor of Gloucester from 1954 to 1955.

John F. Kennedy resigned from the Senate on December 22th, 1960 after being elected President of the United States. Kennedy advised Governor Foster Furcolo to appoint Smith to the job "in the interest of promoting [party] unity." Smith served until Ted Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962.

Preceded by:
John F. Kennedy
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Served alongside:
Leverett Saltonstall
Succeeded by:
Ted Kennedy

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