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Caption:WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28: Former Senator Edward William Brooke (R-MA) speaks during a ceremony to honor him with the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the US Capitol on October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. Brooke, a two-term Republican senator from 1967-1979, was the first African-American elected to the senate by popular vote. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
Caption:WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28: Former Senator Edward William Brooke (R-MA) speaks during a ceremony to honor him with the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the US Capitol on October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. Brooke, a two-term Republican senator from 1967-1979, was the first African-American elected to the senate by popular vote. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

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2009: Edward Brooke receives Congressional Gold Medal

In 2009, Edward Brooke, the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal.

2009: Edward Brooke receives Congressional Gold Medal

In 2009, Edward Brooke, the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal.