A Game Changer: Lowell Weicker, Jr.

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A Game Changer
When Lowell Weicker, Jr. took office, doing the “right thing” was the way he planned to navigate his political career. Many politicians, even to this day, lose sight of doing what is right, as what is right may not be what is always politically popular. But for Weicker, doing the “right thing” was the only way. Weicker was a man of honor, an advocator for human rights, an 18-year Congressman/Senator for the United States, and a four-year governor for the State of Connecticut. During his tenure in office, he fought for doing the “right thing”, even if it challenged his political appeal. During his journey throughout the White House and the state capital building, and for that matter any political stop in between, the public might not have always believed in Weicker’s political stance, but he knew his agenda would benefit the majority in the long run. Weicker was a man of principle who fought for what was right, in an arena where many others fight for what favors re-election. Weicker was an unorthodox man, an independent minded person, a man who, when in office, sought for the betterment of Connecticut and for the betterment of the US. He was a man who often was viewed as rebellious, or potentially disruptive to policies and/or ideas, in order to push his political agenda. Weicker was a game changer. Weicker was a maverick.
Weicker was raised in a highly educated, prominent family. He was the first of four children born to intelligent, powerful parents named Mary Hastings Weicker, and Lowell Palmer Weicker Sr., in Paris, France on May 6, 1931. His mother, Mary, was “a daughter of an English general and niece of an archbishop of Canterbury” (Weicker and Sussman 122). Weicker’s father was powerful and influential, due to how he was “deputy director of the Air Force intelligence in Europe in World War 2 and served in many military attacks” (Weicker and Sussman 122). As a young child, Weicker demonstrated early that he had intellectual strength and later “ attended an all male, Buckley Middle School where he began to show interest in Law” (Weicker and Sussman 124). He graduated from Lawrenceville Academy High School, a school for the academically gifted in 1949, and then from Yale University in 1953. At the age of twenty-two, Weicker was drafted to serve in the US Army, which he did until 1958. After his military duty, he began to focus on his political career, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. He married his first of three wives, “Bunny” and had three kids, Scot, Gray and Brian (Weicker and Sussman). Greenwich is where Weicker ran for his first government position, which later inspired him (with the support of his family) to run for bigger and more powerful roles in government.
For a short period of time after his postgraduate education and early-married life, Weicker was a very successful lawyer. With his hands on experience and his quintessential understanding for law and politics, Weicker put himself...

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