Three United States Senators have died violent deaths while in office. In 1859, the antislavery Sen. David C. Broderick of California was killed in a duel with the proslavery David S. Terry, a former justice on the California Supreme Court. Murder charges against Terry for killing Broderick were dismissed, but Terry's career was blighted. In 1889, in a railway station restaurant in tiny Lathrop, Calif., Terry attacked and struck in the face U. S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field. A federal marshal assigned to protect Field shot Terry dead on the spot. In 1968, Sen. Robert Kennedy was shot to death. Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of the murder, has been imprisoned for 17 years under a life sentence. Although some claim that Sen. Kennedy's death resulted from a conspiracy and not the acts of one man, everyone agrees that Kennedy, like his brother, was the victim of an assassination.
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