Abraham A. Ribicoff

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Date of Birth April 9, 1910
Place of Birth Connecticut
Date of Death Feb 22, 1998 (87)
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Abraham Alexander "Abe" Ribicoff was an American Democratic Party politician. He served in the United States Congress, as the 80th Governor of Connecticut and as President John F. Kennedy's Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. He was Connecticut's first and to date only Jewish governor.

Born: April 9, 1910, New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.
Died: February 22, 1998, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality: American
Political party: Democratic
Spouse(s): Ruth Ribicoff (desc.), Lois Ribicoff
Religion: Judaism

About Abraham A. Ribicoff

Influential Senator from Connecticut who served for nearly 20 years, involving himself in debates over national affairs like Vietnam. Before he entered the senate he was the Governor of Connecticut from 1955 to 1961.

Before Fame

He worked in his childhood selling groceries and newspapers, and after high school made zippers and belt buckles in a factory to save up money for college.


Although liberal in his politics, he notably rejected a $32 million appropriation to his state for a damming project, arguing the more was more needed for national defense and the Marshall Plan.

Family Life

He was born in a working class neighborhood of New Britain, Connecticut, his father a factory worker.


Joe Lieberman, a future Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate, worked as a summer intern for Ribicoff - and met his future wife, Betty Haas, there.

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  • University of Chicago Law School alumni
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