Edward Brooke, First Black Elected U.S. Senator, Dies

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Edward Brooke, the first African-American in the nation's history to be popularly elected to the Senate, died Saturday at his home in Coral Gables, Florida. He was 95.

Brooke, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, died of natural causes, said Ralph Neas, Brooke's former chief counsel, The Associated Press reported.

Brooke was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966. Prior to his election there had been just two other African-American senators shortly after the Civil War.

Brooke, whose election came during the civil rights movement, opposed the buildup of troops in Vietnam, and later during the Watergate scandal, became the first Republican senator to call for the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

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