Ted Sorensen Biography

Writer, Lawyer (1928–2010)
Ted Sorensen was an American presidential adviser and speech writer, best known for his contributions to President John F. Kennedy's most famous speeches.


Lawyer and writer Ted Sorenson had a significant role in the administration of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, for whom he served as an inner-circle adviser and speech writer. Graduating first in his law class at the University of Nebraska, Sorenson worked as an assistant to Kennedy, who was currently serving as a Democratic senator for Massachusetts. During his presidential campaign, he became his strategist and speech writer, helping to compose some of his most famous addresses. After Kennedy's assassination in November of 1963, he remained briefly in President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration before returning to private life.


Lawyer and government official, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. After law school, he became Senator John F Kennedy's assistant (1953–61), serving as strategist and speech writer during his presidential campaign. As special counsel to President Kennedy (1961–3), he helped write his major addresses. In 1966 he returned to private practice, writing The Kennedy Legacy (1969) and editing Let the Word Go Forth (1985).

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