Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009 Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts — the scion of an American political dynasty who became an iconic liberal legislator — died Aug. 25 after battling brain cancer. Universally known as Teddy, he had served in the Senate since 1962.
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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

The scion of an American political dynasty and iconic liberal legislator died Aug. 25.

In this photo taken circa 1962, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (from left) talks with his brothers, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy. Hulton Archive/Getty Images) hide caption

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Exactly one year before his death, Sen. Edward Kennedy told the Democratic National Convention that guaranteed health care for every American is the "cause of my life." Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this photo taken circa 1962, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy (from left) talks with his brothers U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy. Hulton Archive/Getty Images) hide caption

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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) addresses the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Aug. 25, 2008. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Visitors line up to pay their respects at the gravesite of Sen. Edward Kennedy, a day after his burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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