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William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator

Governor Deval Patrick, bypassing the glitz and glamour of a popular former congressman or a Kennedy, has turned to his longtime friend and trusted State House aide, William “Mo” Cowan, as the state’s temporary senator to hold John Kerry’s seat.

The 43-year old Cowan, a North Carolina native who rose to the top of Boston legal circles before joining Patrick’s staff, will ­become the first African-American to represent Massachusetts in the Senate since ­Edward W. Brooke held the seat as a Republican from 1966 to 1978.

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