Sorensen, Theodore C.

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Theodore C. (Chaikin) Sorensen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 8, 1928. He attended the University of Nebraska, where he received a B.S. degree in Law in 1949 and an LL.B. in 1951. Mr. Sorensen was admitted to the Nebraska bar in 1951, the New York bar in 1966, the District of Columbia bar in 1971, and to the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as attorney for the Federal Security Agency from 1951 to 1952 and was a member of the staff of the Joint Committee on Railroad Retirement in the U.S. Senate in 1952. Under Senator John F. Kennedy he was staff assistant and speechwriter from 1953 to 1961, and served as secretary of the New England Senators Conference from 1953 to 1959. He served as Special Counsel to President Kennedy and, briefly, to President Lyndon B. Johnson, from 1961-64. Mr. Sorensen was editor-at-large and a director of the Saturday Review from 1966 to 1969. He was a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York in the 1970 primary. He is currently a member of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison of New York City. He is the author of three books on the Kennedy years: Decision Making in the White House (1963), Kennedy (1965), The Kennedy Legacy (1969) and Let the Word Go Forth : The Speeches, Statements and Writings of John F. Kennedy, 1947-1963 (1988).

From the description of Sorensen, Theodore C. (Theodore Chaikin), 1928- (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10581816

Lawyer, speechwriter.

From the description of Reminiscences of Theodore C. Sorensen : oral history, 2007. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269261290

Lawyer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Theodore Chaikin Sorenson : oral history, 1977. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309739162

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creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Speech Files. 1961 - 1963. Radio and television address on civil rights, 11 June 1963
creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Speech Files. 1961 - 1963. Radio and television report on situation at the University of Mississippi, 30 September 1962
creatorOf Theodore Sorensen Papers. 1934 - 2003. Post-Administration Records
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creatorOf Congressional Papers of John F. Kennedy. 1946 - 1961. 1960 Campaign Files
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creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Speech Files. 1961 - 1963. Television statement on Special Message on mental illness and mental retardation, 5 February 1963
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creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Papers of President Kennedy: President's Office Files: Speech File. 1961 - 1963. John F. Kennedy President's Office Files; Speech Files; Radio and Televison Report to the American People on the Soviet Arms Build Up in Cuba. 10/20/1962 - 10/22/1962. Cuban Missile Crisis Third Draft October 22, 1962
referencedIn Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Theodore Sorensen Papers. 1934 - 2003. Pre-Administration Records
creatorOf Sorensen, Theodore C. Reminiscences of Theodore Chaikin Sorenson : oral history, 1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Papers of President Kennedy: President's Office Files: Speech File. 1961 - 1963. John F. Kennedy President's Office Files; Speech Files; Radio and Televison Report to the American People on the Soviet Arms Build Up in Cuba. 10/20/1962 - 10/22/1962. Cuban Missile Crisis October 22, 1962
creatorOf Recordings and Transcripts of Telephone Conversations and Meetings. 11/22/1963 - 1/3/1969. John F. Kennedy Assassination Related Recordings and Transcripts. 11/22/1963 - 3/28/1967. LBJ Recording of Telephone Conversation, K Series, Ted Sorensen, 11:50A
creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Papers of President Kennedy: President's Office Files: Speech File. 1961 - 1963. John F. Kennedy President's Office Files; Speech Files; Address at University of California, Berkeley, California. 3/22/1962 - 7/31/1962. University of California, Berkeley March 23, 1962
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creatorOf Recordings and Transcripts of Telephone Conversations and Meetings. 11/22/1963 - 1/3/1969. John F. Kennedy Assassination Related Recordings and Transcripts. 11/22/1963 - 3/28/1967. LBJ Recording of Telephone Conversation, K Series, Ted Sorensen, 3:26P
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creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Speech Files. 1961 - 1963. Radio and television address to the nation on nuclear test ban treaty, 26 July 1963
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creatorOf Joseph F. Dolan Papers. 1956 - 1968. Correspondence and Memorandums
creatorOf Recordings and Transcripts of Telephone Conversations and Meetings. 11/22/1963 - 1/3/1969. John F. Kennedy Assassination Related Recordings and Transcripts. 11/22/1963 - 3/28/1967. LBJ Recording of Telephone Conversation, K Series, Ted Sorensen, 10:10P
referencedIn Cohen, Wilbur J. (Wilbur Joseph), 1913-1987. Wilbur J. Cohen papers, 1930-1987 (bulk 1935-1979). Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Theodore C. Sorensen Papers. 1953 - 1964. Theodore C. Sorensen Papers: Subject File, 1961 - 1963
referencedIn Theodore C. Sorensen Papers. 1953 - 1964. Theodore C. Sorensen Papers: Subject File, 1961 - 1963. 1961 - 1964. Theodore C. Sorensen Papers: Subject Files, 1961 - 1964: Civil Rights Legislation, 1963: Sorensen - LBJ Phone Conversation, 6/3/63. 6/3/1963 - 6/3/1963. Theodore Sorensen and Lyndon Johnson Telephone Conversation on Civil Rights. June 3, 1963
referencedIn Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986. Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Papers of President Kennedy: President's Office Files: Subjects. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Papers of President Kennedy: President's Office Files: Subjects: Civil Rights, March on Washington. 8/28/1963 - 8/28/1963. Proposed Statement, March on Washington August 18, 1963
creatorOf Theodore Sorensen Papers. 1934 - 2003. Administration Records
creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Country Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Germany: General, July 1961
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creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Speech Files. 1961 - 1963. Address at University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 23 March 1962
referencedIn Loeb, Benjamin S., 1914-. Benjamin S. Loeb papers, 1945-1999 (bulk 1961-1971). Library of Congress
creatorOf Gormley, Ken. [Research material]. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Sorensen, Theodore C.,. Reminiscences of Theodore C. Sorensen : oral history, 2007. Nolan, Norton & Company, Incorporated
creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Speech Files. 1961 - 1963. Radio and television remarks on dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, 2 November 1962
creatorOf Theodore C. Sorensen Papers. 1953 - 1964. Theodore C. Sorensen Papers: Subject File, 1961 - 1963. 1961 - 1964. Theodore C. Sorensen Papers: Subject Files, 1961 - 1964: Civil Rights Legislation, 1963: Sorensen - LBJ Phone Conversation, 6/3/63. 6/3/1963 - 6/3/1963. Theodore Sorensen and Lyndon Johnson Telephone Conversation on Civil Rights. June 3, 1963
creatorOf Papers of John F. Kennedy: President's Office Files. 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963. Papers of President Kennedy: President's Office Files: Speech File. 1961 - 1963. John F. Kennedy President's Office Files; Speech Files; Radio and Televison Report to the American People on the Soviet Arms Build Up in Cuba. 10/20/1962 - 10/22/1962. Cuban Missile Crisis Reading Copy
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Birth 1928-05-08

Death 2010-10-31

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