There have been numerous brothers who have been in politics. In some cases, all the brothers have risen in equal ranks and in other cases one of the brothers has gone on to achieve greater heights than the others. Let us look at seven of the most famous brother politicians.
- The Kennedy Brothers - The Kennedy family is legendary in the United States. John F. Kennedy, popularly known as JFK, was the 35th President of the United States. He became President in 1961 until he was assassinated on 22nd November 1963. His brother Robert Kennedy was the Attorney General when JFK was the President. He was also elected as a United States Senator from New York. In the 1968 election, he was a presidential nominee for the Democrats but was assassinated on 6th June 1968 at Los Angeles. Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy was a Senator from Massachusetts. He was first elected in 1962 and served for 46 years in the Senate. He died on 25th August 2009.
- The Chamberlain Brothers – Arthur Neville Chamberlain was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1937 to 1940. He belonged to the Conservative Party and was instrumental in the signing of the Munich Agreement in 1938. He was also known for his appeasement and containment policies. Austen Chamberlain, his brother, was a Nobel Prize winner and a British statesman. He is mostly known for his involvement in the Locarno Pact of 1925.
- The Harrison Brothers – William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States. He was the first President who died in office. He was President for only 32 days, the shortest term in the history of United States Presidents. His brother, Carter Bassett Harrison was a politician from Virginia, United States. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 4th March 1793 to 3rd March 1799.
- The Bismarck Brothers – Otto von Bismarck Jr. was a member of the Reichstag from 1924 to 1928 and was also a member of the Bundestag from 1953 to 1965. His brother Gottfried von Bismarck was also a member of the Reichstag from 1933 to 1944.
- The Karamanlis Brothers – Konstantinos Caramanlis was a pillar in Greek politics and served both as a Prime Minister and President of the country. He first became Prime Minister of Greece in 1958 and served till 1961. His next term as Prime Minister was from 1961 to 1963 and his third term was from 1974 to 1980. He also served as President from 1990 to 1995. His brother Achilleas Karamanlis was elected MP and Minister several times.
- The Badran Brothers – Mudar Badran was the Prime Minister of Jordan for 3 terms. He served in office from 1976 to 1979, from 1980 to 1984 and then again from 1989 to 1991. His brother Adnan Badran is a politician, scientist and academician. He served as the Prime Minister of Jordan from 7th April 2005 to 28th November 2005.
- The Debre Brothers – Jean-Louis Debre is the president speaker of the French National Assembly since 2002. His brother Bernard Debre is a professor of medicine and a former minister.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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