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Edward M. Kennedy photos | 1932-2009

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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) attends a White House forum on healthcare reform in March 2009. Kennedy’s illness kept him away from the Senate for most of the year, as lawmakers have taken up one of his lifelong causes. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s death
Sen. Edward Kennedy arrives at the home of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver in Hyannis Port, Mass., on Aug. 11, 2009. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of Edward Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy, who founded the Special Olympics, died that day at the age of 88. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)
Obama White House
President Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room. Looking on are Director of White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Sen. Max Baucus and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Close allies
President Obama meets with Sen. Edward Kennedy in the Oval Office in April 2009. In August 2009, the ailing liberal leader wrote to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and state legislative leaders, asking them to alter the method by which Kennedy’s successor could be chosen. Massachusetts law calls for a special election to be held when a Senate vacancy arises, a process that would take months. Kennedy urged the Legislature to act to allow Patrick, a fellow Democrat, to appoint an interim replacement until such an election could be held. Kennedy wrote: “It is vital for this commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election.” (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Congressional testimony
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy listens to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in April 2008. (Paul J. Richards / AFP / Getty Images)
Funeral train
Sen. Edward Kennedy acknowledges crowds lining the tracks as the funeral train for his brother Robert F. Kennedy passed in 1968. At right is Claudine Longet, wife at the time of singer Andy Williams, who was a close friend of Robert Kennedy and performed at his funeral. (Los Angeles Times)
1938 family photo
The Kennedy clan gather for a 1938 family photo at Hyannis Port, Mass. Seated from left are Eunice, Jean, Edward on the lap of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Patricia and Kathleen. Standing from left are Rosemary, Robert, John, Rose and Joseph Jr. Though born into privilege, Kennedy’s life was filled with tragedy almost from the beginning: Joseph Jr. died in WWII. Kathleen died in a plane crash after the war. Rosemary was institutionalized. President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy were assassinated in the ‘60s. (Boston Globe)
John, Robert and Ted Kennedy in Hyannis Port in 1946. (John F. Kennedy Library)
White House years
Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy and President Kennedy flank Edward Kennedy at the White House in 1962. The youngest Kennedy brother ran for John Kennedy’s unexpired Senate that year. He went on to defeat Republican George Cabot Lodge, son of Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in the general election. (Associated Press)
JFK funeral
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, her daughter, Caroline, and son, John F. Kennedy Jr., leave St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 25, 1963, after the funeral Mass for President Kennedy, who was shot and killed three days earlier in Dallas. Sen. Edward Kennedy was presiding over the Senate when he received word of the assassination. He rushed to Hyannis Port to tell his father, who was incapacitated by a stroke in 1961. (Associated Press)
With Joe Sr.
Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. visits his son in a Boston hospital in 1964. The younger Kennedy had a brush with death when a private plane flying him from Washington to Springfield, Mass., crashed, killing an aide and the pilot. Kennedy sustained a broken back. He had to campaign for his first full Senate term from a hospital bed. He went on to win by a 3-to-1 margin.. (Associated Press)
With LBJ
Kennedy meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House in 1965. Kennedy was an early opponent of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. (Associated Press)
In Vietnam
On a trip to Vietnam in 1965, Kennedy greets Vietnamese children. (United Press International)
L.A. rally
Gov. Pat Brown, right, joins Kennedy at a Democratic rally at Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in L.A. in 1966. (Los Angeles Times)
Robert F. Kennedy funeral
Mourners carry the casket of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to the gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery on June 8, 1968. Three days earlier, RFK, who was a Democratic candidate for president, was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California primary. He died the next day. Edward Kennedy eulogized his elder brother, saying he was “a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.” (Associated Press)
Kopechne funeral
Kennedy, along with wife, Joan, center, arrive at a church in Plymouth, Pa., for the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne on July 22, 1969. Accompanying them was Ethel Kennedy, left, the widow of RFK. On July 18th, Kennedy had thrown a party in Chappaquiddick, Mass., near Martha’s Vineyard, for staffers from RFK’s 1968 presidential campaign. According to an account given by Kennedy, he was driving Kopechne to the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard early the next morning when he took a wrong turn and drove his car off a small wooden bridge. He left the scene and sought the help of friends and advisors before notifying authorities 10 hours later. Kopechne died. Kennedy’s political fortunes suffered afterward. (Associated Press)
Kennedy TV
Sen. Edward Kennedy is shown on television on July 25, 1969, as he speaks to the nation in the aftermath of the fatal auto accident on Chappaquiddick Island. (AP)
Crowd at court
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his then-wife, Joan, arrive at the Dukes County courthouse in Edgartown, Mass., for the inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Kopechne died after a car driven by Kennedy went off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island and into a pond on July 18, 1969. (Associated Press)
Relaxing at Cape Cod
Aboard his sloop Patrician at Hyannis Port in 1972. The previous year, weakened by Chappaquiddick, Kennedy lost the coveted job of Senate majority whip, the No. 2 party leadership post. (Associated Press)
Edward M. Kennedy Jr. shares a ride on a sled with his father at the family’s McLean, Va., home in December 1973. The boy was diagnosed with cancer that year and had to have a leg amputated. (Associated Press)
Meeting President Carter
President Carter and Kennedy meet with reporters at the White House in February 1979. The two tangled frequently over national health insurance and energy policy, leading Kennedy to wage a liberal challenge against Carter, a fellow Democrat, in 1980. But questions of Chappaquiddick would not go away. Although Kennedy stayed in the race until the end, he could claim nothing more than having damaged Carter’s chances against Ronald Reagan. (Associated Press)
1980 Democratic National Convention
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy addresses the Democratic National Convention in New York City in August 1980. That year, he challenged President Carter, an unpopular incumbent, for the party’s presidential nomination. Kennedy failed to win the nomination, and Carter lost to Ronald Reagan.

“For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die,” Kennedy said in concluding his speech. (Los Angeles Times)
Africa trip
On an 1984 trip, Kennedy meets with officials on the Sudan-Ethiopian border, which was stricken with famine and drought. (Jim Hollander / European Pressphoto Agency)
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Capitol Hill in 1993 to work on healthcare legislation with Kennedy. Though universal healthcare is still unavailable to Americans, Kennedy helped bring about many laws that made it easier for workers who lose or change jobs to keep their health coverage. Working with. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.), he pushed through legislation guaranteeing Americans the right to buy health insurance and limited the length of time that insurers can deny coverage for preexisting conditions. (Associated Press)
Remembering JFK
Members of the Kennedy family gather at the graves of President Kennedy, RFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 22, 1995, the 32nd anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. From left are Ethel Kennedy, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Victoria Reggie, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Eunice Shriver. (Mark Wilson / Associated Press)
Campaign trail
Kennedy stumps for his niece, Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, in her 2002 gubernatorial bid. (Roberto Borea / Associated Press)
Victoria Reggie Kennedy and her husband, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, share a laugh during a Profiles in Courage Award ceremony at the John. F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston in 2004. Friends said that their 1992 marriage energized and settled Kennedy. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)
Ailing leader
Kennedy returns to Hyannis Port in June 2008 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. In May 2008, he was diagnosed with a malignant glioma, one of the most lethal forms of brain cancer, on the left side of his brain. Doctors cut out the tumor on June 2, and Kennedy was expected to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment. “I feel like a million bucks. I think I will do that again tomorrow,” he told his wife after the surgery. (Joel Page / Associated Press)
Returning to the Senate
Kennedy appeared on the Senate floor in July of 2008 to cast his vote to stave off a cut in Medicare fees to doctors who treat seniors, military personnel and their families. The Massachusetts Democrat arrived halfway through the vote to tears and thunderous applause from fellow senators and spectators. Moving carefully but steadily, Kennedy held up both thumbs, flashed a smile and roared his vote: “Aye.” With him were his wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, left, and his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island). (Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)
With Obama
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) stands next to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) before President Bush’s State of the Union speech on Jan. 28, 2008.

In endorsing Obama for president, Kennedy said: “He will be a president who refuses to be trapped in the patterns of the past. He is a leader who sees the world clearly without being cynical. He is a fighter, who cares passionately about the causes he believes in without demonizing those who hold a different view. He is tough-minded, but he also has an uncommon capacity to appeal to the better angels of our nature. I’m proud to stand with him here today and offer my help, offer my voice, offer my energy, my commitment to make Barack Obama the next president of the United States. “ (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
2008 campaign
Senator Edward M. Kennedy campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama at East Los Angeles College. Kennedy spoke halting Spanish as he told the cheering crowd: “A vote for Obama is a vote for the people.” (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)
Among the faithful
Edward M. Kennedy, flanked by his wife Victoria Reggie, left, and niece Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, is greeted with applause and tears as he makes his way onstage at the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver in August 2008. “So, with Barack Obama, and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. The work begins anew. The hope rises again. And the dream lives on,” Kennedy said in his address, echoing his words from the 1980 convention. (Robyn Beck /AFP/Getty Images)