Sen. George McGovern—the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972—died Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
He was 90.
McGovern—who stood out for his liberal views and opposition to the Vietnam War—served in the House of Representatives from 1957-1961 and in the U.S. Senate from 1963-1981. He was also a decorated bomber pilot in World War II.
McGovern gained the national spotlight when he became the Democratic Party's presidential nominee against Richard Nixon. However, McGovern won just 17 electoral votes in the presidential election.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said McGovern "dedicated his life to serving the country he loved."
He is survived by his three daughters and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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