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1966 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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1966 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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Edward Brooke.jpg
Endicott Peabody (10290505454).jpg
Nominee Edward Brooke Endicott Peabody
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,213,473 774,761
Percentage 60.68% 38.74%

1966 US Senate election in Massachusetts results by municipality.svg
Municipal results

U.S. senator before election

Leverett Saltonstall

Elected U.S. Senator

Edward Brooke

The 1966 United States Senate election in Massachusetts was held on November 8, 1966. Republican incumbent Leverett Saltonstall retired after serving for 22 years. Republican Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke defeated Democratic former Governor of Massachusetts Endicott Peabody in a landslide.

Brooke was the first African-American U.S. Senator elected after the end of Reconstruction and the first ever popularly elected, as Reconstruction ended before the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Republican primary





Attorney General Edward Brooke was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary runner-up John F. Collins campaigning
Democratic primary runner-up John F. Collins campaigning




1966 Democratic U.S. Senate primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Endicott Peabody 320,967 50.35%
Democratic John F. Collins 265,016 41.85%
Democratic Thomas Boylston Adams 51,435 8.07%
Total votes 637,418 100.00%

Independents and third parties

Socialist Workers

  • Lawrence Gilfedder, perennial candidate[1]


General election


General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Edward Brooke 1,213,473 60.68% Increase4.49
Democratic Endicott Peabody 774,761 38.74% Decrease4.72
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 6,790 0.34% Increase0.10
Prohibition Mark R. Shaw 4,833 0.24% Increase0.12
Total votes 1,999,857 100.00%

See also


  1. ^ Lawrence Gilfedder at

External links and references

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