Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy was a long-serving U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. He was the youngest of Joseph and Rose Kennedy’s nine children. Because of his father’s business career and political service, Ted Kennedy received his first communion in the Vatican from Pope Pius XII. Kennedy’s political career began when he won the election for the senate seat that his brother John vacated upon becoming president. He held the position until 2009. He was well-known for his oratory skills and charisma. Critics say that his two best speeches were the eulogy that he gave for his brother Robert in 1968 and his defense of liberalism in 1980. Because of his long-standing service, he was often described as the “Lion of the Senate.” His grave is marked by a simple white oak cross at the head and a white marble foot marker.