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August 30, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy lived his entire life in the public eye, the youngest son of a wealthy U.S. businessman and ambassador, and the younger brother of both a U.S. Senator and a President. His personal and family life was riddled with difficulty and tragedy, some self-inflicted, some undeserved. First elected in 1962, he spent 47 years in the U.S. Congress, representing the state of Massachusetts, over time gaining power and respect from both sides of the aisle, earning the name "Lion of the Senate". Kennedy passed away on August 25th, 2009, at the age of 77. He was remembered this weekend by family, friends, colleagues, presidents and thousands of citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. (41 photos total)

In this April 11, 1938 photo, six-year-old Teddy Kennedy, center, and his sister Jean attend the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, London, as their father, the new American ambassador, Joseph Kennedy, paid a call on the king. (AP Photo)

Joseph P. Kennedy and his wife Rosemary Kennedy pose with their nine children for this picture in 1938 at Bronxville, N.Y. From left are, seated: Eunice, Jean, Edward (on lap of his father), Patricia, and Kathleen. Standing: Rosemary, Robert, John, Mrs. Kennedy, and Joseph, Jr. (AP Photo/Boston Globe, File) #

The Kennedy Family in Hyannisport, Massachusetts in 1948. L-R: John F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Patricia Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy, and in foreground, Edward M. Kennedy. (REUTERS/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library) #

Phil Haughey (L), Leo Daley and Ted Kennedy are seen in their football uniforms at Harvard,1955. (REUTERS/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library) #

Brothers John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy are pictured in Hyannisport, Massachusetts in this photograph taken in July 1960. (REUTERS/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library) #

Edward M. Kennedy, 30, youngest brother of the U.S. President, is all smiles with his wife Joan, as he announces he will seek election for senate seat held by his brother before winning the Presidency on March 14, 1962. (AP Photo) #

Members of the Kennedy family, from foreground left, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Senator Edward "Ted" M. Kennedy lead the funeral procession for President John F. Kennedy from the White House to St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Nov. 25, 1963. (Robert Knudsen/White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston via Bloomberg) #

Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy tells newsmen he feels "fine, fine" as he is wheeled into ambulance from emergency entrance of Cooley Dickinson hospital in Northampton, Mass., July 9, 1964. The junior Senator from Massachusetts is being transferred to hospital in Boston after suffering broken back in plane crash 20 days before. (AP Photo/AZB) #

In this March 15, 1967 file photo, Sens. Edward Kennedy, left, and Robert Kennedy, sit together during a session of the Senate Labor Subcommittee in Washington. (AP Photo, File) #

Senator Edward Kennedy's car is pulled from water in this a July 19, 1969 photo, as the car is screened off the bridge in Edgartown, Massachusetts The body of Mary Kopechne of Washington, D.C., was found in rear seat. Her death was attributed to drowning. (AP Photo/file) #

Senator Edward Kennedy is escorted by troopers as he leaves court in Edgartown, Massachusetts on July 25, 1969, after pleading guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of the accident which killed aide Mary Jo Kopechne. (AP Photo/File) #

Senator Edward Kennedy speaks at the dedication ceremonies of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in Waltham, Massachusetts on Oct. 14, 1970. (AP Photo/JWG/FILE) #

This 1971 photograph shows US Senator Edward M. Kennedy visiting Begali refugee camps in Kolkata, India. (AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images) #

President Jimmy Carter, left, shakes hands with Sen. Edward Kennedy on the podium at the Democratic National Convention in New York's Madison Square Garden on Aug. 15, 1980. The two had vied for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo, File) #

Senator Edward Kennedy talks with President Ronald Reagan, left, on June 24, 1985, as they look over an American Eagle that graced President John F. Kennedy's desk during a fund raising event for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at McLean, Virginia. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi) #

Sen. Edward Kennedy speaks to editors and writers during a Boston Globe luncheon in Dorchester, Massachusetts on January 24th, 2003. (Boston Globe) #

Sen. Edward Kennedy smiles while discussing his upcoming new book "America Back on Track", in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FILE) #

Sen. Ted Kennedy talks with Rep. John Lewis in the President's Room just off the Senate Floor where President Lyndon Johnson signed the first voting rights act, Thursday, July 20, 2006. (Doug Mills/ The New York Times) #

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama confers with Senator Edward Kennedy before the State of the Union speech by U.S. President George W. Bush at the U.S. Capitol on January 28, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #

In this photo taken on Aug. 25, 2008, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts receives the ovations of the crowd inside the Pepsi Center during his surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. (AP Photo/ Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer) #

Senator Edward Kennedy talks on the phone on his front porch in Hyannisport, Massachusetts on Thursday May 22, 2008. (Matthew J. Lee/ Globe staff) #

U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife Victoria laugh as he is introduced at the 2008 Profiles in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts May 12, 2008. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his wife, Victoria sit at the helm of their sailboat "Mya" in the waters off Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on May 21, 2008. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Matthew J. Lee) #

The US flag flies at half staff at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 26, 2009 for Senator Ted Kennedy who died the day before. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Air Force Staff Sgt. Quincy Garner of Acton, Mass., plays "Taps" in memory of Sen. Edward Kennedy prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #

The casket of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy is carried out of the family complex by members of a United States military honor guard in Hyannisport, Massachusetts August 27, 2009. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) #

The family and friends of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, watch as his casket is moved to a hearse at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on August 27, 2009. (STEW MILNE/AFP/Getty Images) #

The hearse carrying the casket of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy drives past Boston's historic Faneuil Hall (rear) as a bell tolls 47 times for the Senator's 47 years representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate during a farewell procession carrying the casket from the Senator's home in Hyannis Port to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts August 27, 2009. (REUTERS/Lisa Hornak) #

The now-empty office of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy is seen at the Russell Senate Office Building August 26, 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) #

A crowd was gathered all day outside of Senator Ted Kennedy's office in the Russell Senate Office Building on August 26th, 2009. Senate staffers and tourists alike were reeling from the news of Senator Ted Kennedy's death. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)#

Members of the public sign a book of condolences for Sen. Edward Kennedy at the U.S. embassy in Dublin, Ireland, Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Kennedy was remembered as a flawed but passionate friend of Ireland who helped bring peace to the divided north and pride to Roman Catholics in the south. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) #

People wait in line to pay their last respects to US Senator Edward Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, where Kennedy's body lies in repose before his funeral, in Boston, August 28, 2009. An estimated 25,000 Boston locals and visitors from around the world came on the first day of the vigil alone. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) #

With the skyline of Boston as a backdrop a mourner offers a salute while standing near the flag draped casket of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy as he pays his respects at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, in Boston, Friday morning, Aug. 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) #

Victoria Kennedy, widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy, embraces a well-wisher before returning to see her husband lie in repose at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum August 28, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #

The Basilica of our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mission Hill, seen on August 27th, 2009. The Basilica was the site of the funeral service for Senator Ted Kennedy. (Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe) #

The begining of Senator Edward Kennedy's funeral, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston on August 29th, 2009. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff photo)#

Edward Kennedy Jr. wipes away tears as he gives his remembrance of his father US Senator Edward Kennedy during the Senator's funeral on August 29, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (CJ Gunther-Pool/Getty Images) #

From left to right: Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife Jill, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter wait for the services to begin at the funeral of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy on August 29, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images) #

The hearse carrying Senator Ted Kennedy arrives at the U.S. Capitol in front of the Senate steps during the funeral procession August 29, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Sen. Kennedy will be buried near his brothers, former President John F. Kennedy and former Sen. Robert Kennedy, at Arlington Cemetary in Arlington, Virginia. (Ricky Carioti-Pool/Getty Images) #

Family members gather at the coffin of Sen. Edward Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, Pool) #

U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy waves from the stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on August 25, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #