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An endorsement of the candidacy of Edward M. Kennedy '54, signed by ten members of the Harvard Faculty and six other Massachusetts academics, will be released in Boston newspapers this afternoon.

The statement on behalf of the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate will appear over the names of Samuel H. Beer '40; professor of Government; Charles R. Cherington '35, professor of Government; Frank B. Freidel, professor of History; Charles M. Haar, professor of Law; Seymour E. Harris '20, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy; V.O. Key, Jr., Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History and Government; Arthur A. Maas, professor of Government; Ernest R. May, associate professor of History; Robert G. McCloskey, professor of Government; and Donald H. Menzel, Paine Professor of Practical Astronomy, joined in the endorsement of Ted Kennedy by James McGregor Burns, who is

The Harvard faculty members are endorsement by James McGregor Burns, professor of Political Science at Williams College; Norman Greenwald of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandies University; Paul T. Heffron, professor Government and chairman of the Department of Government at Boston University; Earl Latham, '30 professor of Government at Amherst College; John N. Plank '45, professor of Latin American Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and Robert C. Wood, professor of Political Science at M.I.T.

Four Lines

The statement is devoted almost entirely to a condemnation of the Eisenhower Administration, the Republican Party, and George Cabot Lodge '50, the GOP candidate for the Senate. The endorsement makes no mention of the third Senatorial candidate, Independent H. Stuart Hughes, and utilizes only four lines in describing Kennedy's qualifications.

"As academic men, long interested in politics," the statement concludes, "we stress the point that in our opinion Mr. Kennedy is highly qualified on his own merits to serve Massachusetts in the Senate."

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