Mary Jo Kopechne - Political Campaign Specialist of Robert F. Kennedy, Family and Childhood

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Mary Jo Kopechne was an American secretary, teacher and political campaign specialist

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BirthdayJuly 26, 1940
Died onJuly 18, 1969
NationalityAmerican
FamousPolitical Campaign Specialist of Robert F. Kennedy, Miscellaneous
City/StatePennsylvania
Universities
  • Caldwell College for Women
Cause of deathCar Accident
Birth PlaceWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
GenderFemale
FatherJoseph Kopechne
MotherGwen Kopechne
Sun SignLeo
Born inWilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Famous asPolitical Campaign Specialist of Robert F. Kennedy
Died at Age28

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Who is Mary Jo Kopechne?

Mary Jo Kopechne was an American teacher, secretary, and political campaign specialist, who came to limelight when she worded Robert F. Kennedy's March 1968 speech that announced his presidential candidacy. Her promising life was cut short as she died in a car accident in 1969, while she was traveling as a passenger in a car being driven by the US Senator Ted Kennedy. Kopechne, who once taught at the Mission of St. Jude, had also worked as a political campaign specialist on New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy's secretarial staff. She had worked as a secretary for Florida Senator George Smathers as well. She was a loyal worker who worked hard day and night at Kennedy's Hickory Hill home. She was knowledgeable politically and had the ability to work on sensitive matters. She was also a keen enthusiastic participant of his office softball team. Kopechne was a fan of Polish-American Carl Yastrzemski and Boston Red Sox. In her personal life, she was known to be a woman of morals. Being a devout Roman Catholic with a serious, demure "convent school" demeanour, she rarely drank and had no reputation of sexual conducts with men.

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Career

After graduation, Mary Jo Kopechne started teaching at the Mission of St. Jude. She then moved to Washington, D.C. and began working as a secretary for Florida Senator George Smathers. Following New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy's election, she joined his staff as a secretary to the senator's speechwriters as well as a legal secretary to one of his legal advisers. Kopechne was also a keen player in Kennedy’s office softball team.

During the 1968 U.S. presidential elections, she helped with the wording of Kennedy’s March Speech. During his presidential campaign, Kopechne worked hard as one of the Boiler Room Girls—a group of young women who were involved in tracking and compiling data related to the elections.

After the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968, she got a job at the firm Matt Reese Associates. A determined and ambitious young woman, she was well on her way of building a successful professional career at the time of her tragic death.

Death

On July 18, 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne attended a party on the Chappaquiddick Island. This celebration was a kind of reunion of Late Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign workers and was dedicated to the Boiler Room Girls. Kopechne left the party with Robert's brother Ted Kennedy whom she did not know well. Ted, who had offered to drive Kopechne to catch the last ferry back to Edgartown, drove his Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off a narrow, unlit bridge that was without guardrails. The automobile landed in the Poucha Pond and overturned in the water, causing Kopechne to drown and ultimately die in the submerged vehicle. Kennedy, however, freed himself from the car and survived.

On July 22, 1969, a private funeral for Kopechne was held at the St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. The service was attended by Kopechne’s family, Kennedy, his wife Joan, and hundreds of onlookers. Finally, Kopechne was buried in the St. Vincent's Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Personal Life

Mary Jo Kopechne was born on July 26, 1940, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, to Gwen and Joseph Kopechne. She was their only child. Growing up, she studied in parochial schools. She then attended the Caldwell College for Women and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1962.

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Mary Jo Kopechne biography timelines

  • // 26th Jul 1940 To 1962
    Mary Jo Kopechne was born on July 26, 1940, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, to Gwen and Joseph Kopechne. She was their only child. Growing up, she studied in parochial schools. She then attended the Caldwell College for Women and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1962.
  • // 1968
    During the 1968 U.S. presidential elections, she helped with the wording of Kennedy’s March Speech. During his presidential campaign, Kopechne worked hard as one of the Boiler Room Girls—a group of young women who were involved in tracking and compiling data related to the elections.
  • // Jun 1968
    After the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968, she got a job at the firm Matt Reese Associates. A determined and ambitious young woman, she was well on her way of building a successful professional career at the time of her tragic death.
  • // 18th Jul 1969
    On July 18, 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne attended a party on the Chappaquiddick Island. This celebration was a kind of reunion of Late Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign workers and was dedicated to the Boiler Room Girls. Kopechne left the party with Robert's brother Ted Kennedy whom she did not know well. Ted, who had offered to drive Kopechne to catch the last ferry back to Edgartown, drove his Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off a narrow, unlit bridge that was without guardrails. The automobile landed in the Poucha Pond and overturned in the water, causing Kopechne to drown and ultimately die in the submerged vehicle. Kennedy, however, freed himself from the car and survived.
  • // 22nd Jul 1969
    On July 22, 1969, a private funeral for Kopechne was held at the St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. The service was attended by Kopechne’s family, Kennedy, his wife Joan, and hundreds of onlookers. Finally, Kopechne was buried in the St. Vincent's Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

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Mary Jo Kopechne's FAQ

  • What is Mary Jo Kopechne birthday?

    Mary Jo Kopechne was born at 1940-07-26

  • When was Mary Jo Kopechne died?

    Mary Jo Kopechne was died at 1969-07-18

  • Which age was Mary Jo Kopechne died?

    Mary Jo Kopechne was died at age 28

  • Where is Mary Jo Kopechne's birth place?

    Mary Jo Kopechne was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

  • What is Mary Jo Kopechne nationalities?

    Mary Jo Kopechne's nationalities is American

  • What was Mary Jo Kopechne universities?

    Mary Jo Kopechne studied at Caldwell College for Women

  • What is Mary Jo Kopechne's cause of dead?

    Mary Jo Kopechne dead because of Car Accident

  • Who is Mary Jo Kopechne's father?

    Mary Jo Kopechne's father is Joseph Kopechne

  • Who is Mary Jo Kopechne's mother?

    Mary Jo Kopechne's mother is Gwen Kopechne

  • What is Mary Jo Kopechne's sun sign?

    Mary Jo Kopechne is Leo

  • How famous is Mary Jo Kopechne?

    Mary Jo Kopechne is famouse as Political Campaign Specialist of Robert F. Kennedy

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