09/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011


Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died Tuesday night at his home in Cape Cod. He was 77.

From his AP obit:

n nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, served alongside 10 presidents -- his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them -- compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

His only run for the White House ended in defeat in 1980. More than a quarter-century later, he handed then-Sen. Barack Obama an endorsement at a critical point in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, explicitly likening the young contender to President Kennedy.

To the American public, Kennedy was best known as the last surviving son of America's most glamorous political family, father figure and, memorably, eulogist of an Irish-American clan plagued again and again by tragedy.

Below is a slideshow looking back at Kennedy's distinguished career and life.

Ted Kennedy Dies At 77