Kennedy, Harvard, and That Spanish Exam

Aug 26, 2009 4:23pm

Ted Kennedy’s sometimes stormy personal life was always fodder for his critics and the tabloids. Yet one scandal often forgotten centers on his abrupt exit from Harvard in the spring of 1951. Then a freshman, Kennedy was forced to withdraw from Harvard for two years after cheating on a Spanish final. According to “The Education of Edward Kennedy,” by Burton Hersh, the future U.S. Senator and presidential candidate had the roommate of one of his football teammates take the exam for him. Within minutes of the exam's conclusion, Kennedy got a call from the Dean’s office announcing his immediate suspension. The story eventually made the front page of the Boston Globe. Kennedy enlisted into the Army during his time off and after 16 months of service returned to Harvard in 1953, eventually graduating in 1956.
–Troy McMullen

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