(1910 - 1998)
Abraham Alexander Ribicoff was born in New Britain,
CT, on April 9, 1910. He attended the public schools and New York University
before graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1933.
Ribicoff was admitted to the bar the same year. He later served in the
Connecticut legislature (1938-1942) and as a judge of Hartford Police
Court (1941-1943 and 1945-1947). He was also the chairman fo the assembly
of municipal court judges for the State of Connecticut in 1941 and 1942;
a member of the Charter Revision Commission of the city of Hartford
in 1945 and 1946, and a hearing examiner for the Connecticut Fair Employment
Ribicoff was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first
and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953). He did
not run for renomination in 1952, but did make an unsuscessful attempt
to win the vacant Senate seat. He became Governor of Connecticut (1955-1961)
and later served as Secretary of the Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare in the Cabinet of President John Kennedy.
Ribicoff was elected to the United States Senate in
1962; reelected in 1968 and again in 1974, and served from January 3,
1963, to January 3, 1981. He retired from the Senated and practiced
law in New York City. He died there on February 22, 1998.
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