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Remembering Former Sen. George McGovern

October 21, 2012

The public life and career of George McGovern, who died on Sunday, stretches back decades. From bomber pilot in World War II and later a member of the House of Representatives to a presidential candidate and longtime senator, McGovern was at the forefront of American politics and history. Below are highlights from his life and career.

George McGovern and his wife, Eleanor, in their 1943 wedding photo.(AP Photo)

A World War II bomber pilot, McGovern sits in the cockpit of a training plane in an undated photo. Where the photo was taken is also unknown.(AP Photo)

McGovern "grins and bears it," according to the original Associated Press caption, as he makes his way through a crowd in Chicago during his brief run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968. Some in the crowd were supporters of his Democratic opponent, Eugene McCarthy.(AP Photo)


Sen. George S. McGovern, shown Jan. 15, 1971, had recently booked television time for Jan. 18 in Sioux Falls. He would use the time to announce his candidacy for president, the first Democrat to do so.(AP Photo)

McGovern walks the streets of Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 26, 1971, where he met Ernest LaPointe (right), a local resident who questioned McGovern's antiwar statements.(AP Photo/J. Walter Green)


McGovern looks at a marker inside a Manchester, N.H., hotel, on Feb. 26, 1971, giving details on how John F. Kennedy opened his first campaign headquarters there in 1960.(AP Photo/J. Walter Green)

McGovern (second from right) chats with young people during a walk in Boston's Public Gardens on May 12, 1971. McGovern had just addressed a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature at the State House and was en route across the park to another speaking engagement.(AP Photo/Bill Chaplis)

Standing behind a barbed-wire barrier in Saigon on Sept. 16, 1971, McGovern (center) gestures as he views the wreckage of a bombed nightclub.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)


McGovern arrives in Little Rock, Ark., in early 1972, seeking support for his Democratic presidential nomination. Flanking McGovern were Joe Purcell (right), who was the chairman of the state Democratic Party, and future president Bill Clinton, who has a McGovern campaign worker.(AP photo/stf)

Ahead of the New York state primary, McGovern (at center) addresses a rally with about 20,000 supporters at New York City's Madison Square Garden on June 14, 1972.(AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)

McGovern (left) and his first choice as running mate, Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, stroll together through the woods at Sylvan Lake Dodge near Custer, S.D., on July 25, 1972, where the two were meeting to plan their political campaign. Eagleton dropped out of the race soon thereafter when his past treatment for depression became public.(AP Photo)


McGovern talks with his second running-mate choice, Sargent Shriver, at McGovern's home in Washington on Aug. 6, 1972.(AP Photo)

In what the Associated Press at the time called his sharpest attack on former Texas Gov. John Connally, who lead the Democrats for Nixon drive, McGovern addressed a crowd of 3,000 young people in Dallas on Sept. 7, 1972.(AP Photo/Harold Waters)

Coretta Scott King, widow of the civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., shakes hands with McGovern on May 18, 1972, at a news conference in Los Angeles, where she endorsed his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.(AP Photo)


McGovern is shown on Face the Nation on May 28, 1972.(AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)

McGovern reaches out to shake hands with people in a lunchtime crowd assembled for his appearance in New York's Manhattan garment district, June 9, 1972.(AP Photo)

McGovern and his wife, Eleanor, talk with then-Rapid City, S.D., Mayor Don Barnett on June 11, 1972, while touring a flooded area of the city.


McGovern is pictured having breakfast with his daughter, Terry, and his wife, Eleanor, on June 21, 1972.(AP Photo)

McGovern addressed a crowd of approximately 8,000 gathered in Capitol Park at the east front of the building in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1972. McGovern had to cut short his speech when a deluge of rain hit the area and sent the crowds and the candidate scurrying for cover.(AP Photo/Bob Schutz)

McGovern, a World War II bomber pilot, is pictured sitting in the pilot's seat of his 727 jet between New York and Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sept. 25, 1972, on his way to a rally in his home state.(AP Photo)


McGovern poses with folks from his home town of Avon, S.D., who were at the Sioux Falls, S.D., airport to greet him for a campaign stop on Sept. 24, 1972.(AP)

McGovern talks with Marine Lance Cpl. David L. Leeka, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind., during his tour of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia on Oct. 23, 1972. Leeka had lost his left leg in combat in Vietnam in 1970.


McGovern works on a script of a TV speech on Nov. 3, 1972, while en route from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Chicago, where the television appearance would be taped. With McGovern at the table is his wife, Eleanor, and his son-in-law, James Rowen, who was holding 9-month-old grandson, Matthew.(AP Photo/ Henry Burroughs)

McGovern lost his home state of South Dakota in 1972 during his failed presidential bid against Richard Nixon, one of the most lopsided Electoral College defeats in American history. McGovern collected only 17 Electoral College votes, carrying only one state, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia(AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

McGovern and his family in Sioux Falls, S.D., on election night, 1972, after he was defeated by Nixon, and conceded the election.(AP Photo)


George McGovern, flying to Pierre, S.D., began a four-day campaign swing on March 25, 1974. His race for reelection was marked by charges that he neglected his constituents while running for president in 1972.(AP Photo)

Six senators, all former candidates for president or vice president, pose on the steps of the Capitol on May 3, 1978. From left are Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz.; McGovern; Edmund Muskie, D-Maine; Bob Dole, R-Kan.; Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.; and John J. Sparkman, D-Ala.(AP Photo)


McGovern and his wife, Eleanor, walk to Foundry Methodist Church in Washington in this file photo from Dec. 4, 1994. Eleanor McGovern, 85, died on Jan. 25, 2006.(AP Photo/J.Scott Applewhite)

Dole and McGovern receive a standing ovation May 30, 2000, at the National Nutrition Summit in Washington. The summit, the first in 31 years, focused on the need to find new ways to deal with obesity, which affects one in four American adults.(Michael Smith/Newsmakers)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lewis B. Puller Jr., and McGovern in 1992 prepare to place a wreath at the Vietnam Memorial in remembrance of those who died during the Vietnam War or remain missing.(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)


Former President Clinton smiles as McGovern applauds his speech on Oct. 7, 2007, at the dedication of the George and Eleanor McGovern Library in Mitchell, S.D.(AP Photo/Doug Dreyer)

McGovern shakes hands with first lady Michelle Obama (right) at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Also pictured are Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Former Sen. Bob Dole (left) and McGovern discuss their World War II experiences in Washington on May 27, 2004.(AP Photo/Dennis Cook)


McGovern delivers remarks at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans on April 18, 2009. McGovern, a decorated veteran, spoke of his experiences in World War II and about his new book on President Lincoln.(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

McGovern arrives for the funeral Mass for Sargent Shriver at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Md., on Jan. 22, 2011. The 95-year-old Shriver, an in-law of the Kennedys, the first director of the Peace Corps, and McGovern's vice presidential running mate, died a few days before.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, Pool)

McGovern attends the AFI Life Achievement Award honoring actress Shirley MacLaine, a longtime McGovern supporter, at Sony Studios on June 7, 2012, in Culver City, Calif.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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