AP PHOTOS: The life and times of George McGovern

Proud liberal. Staunch foe of the Vietnam War. Decorated World War II bomber pilot. Three-time U.S. senator. Presidential candidate dealt a crushing defeat by Richard Nixon in 1972.

George McGovern left an enduring legacy when he died Sunday morning at age 90.

"We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace," a family statement said.

Here's a photographic look at McGovern's life and political times.