From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishKennedy, EdwardEdward KennedyKennedy, Edward (also Ted)(1932–2009) a US politician in the Democratic Party who was the brother of JohnF. Kennedy. In 1969 he was involved in a car accident at Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts in which his femalepassenger died. When he tried to become electedpresident of the US in 1980, many people remembered this accident and were unwilling to support him. He was a US senator for Massachusetts from 1962 until his death.