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Abraham A. Ribicoff

  • American politician
  • Born April 9, 1910
  • Died February 22, 1998

Abraham Alexander Ribicoff (April 9, 1910 – February 22, 1998) 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.


Abe Ribicoff believes in that American dream. I believe it from the bottom of my heart, and your sons and daughters, too, can have the American dream come true.




Nothing is as sad as seeing a person who used to have power have none.




I loved every day I was in politics. But I got out at the right time. I never miss it.




I've been around the track a lot. I've had the best of the years, and I don't want a single year back.




My father was a factory worker, and we were really poor. But everything I earned peddling papers and working in stores, he made me put aside for education.




You should not do an autobiography if you want to tell the truth. There are a lot of things I know about people. If I can't say something good about a person, I don't want to say anything. And since I don't want to say anything bad, I won't write a book.



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