Robert Kennedy was a former U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator from New York. As chief counsel to a select senate committee, Kennedy was instrumental in uncovering the corruption of Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa. He managed the 1960 presidential campaign of his brother, John F. Kennedy and was subsequently appointed attorney general. Kennedy resigned the position after John was assassinated. He was elected to the senate in 1964 and was a presidential candidate in 1968. On the night of the California Democratic Primary, he was assassinated shortly after giving his victory speech in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel and died the following day.
His gravesite is adjacent to President Kennedy's. It is marked by a white Christian cross and a granite plaza designed by I.M. Pei. Two of Robert Kennedy’s most notable quotes are inscribed on the plaza. His funeral is the only one ever conducted at night in Arlington.