- NAME: Sargent Shriver
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Legal Professional, Military Leader, Diplomat
- BIRTH DATE: November 09, 1915
- DEATH DATE: January 18, 2011
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Westminster, Maryland
- PLACE OF DEATH: Bethesda, Maryland
- AKA: Robert Sargent Shriver
- AKA: Sargent Shriver
- Full Name: Robert Sargent Shriver Jr.
- AKA: R. Sargent Shriver
- Nickname: Sarge
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Sargent Shriver was a political administrator and diplomat perhaps best known for designing the U.S. Peace Corps, which was established in 1961. Shriver served as first director of the organization from its inception until 1966.
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Born in Maryland in 1915, Sargent Shriver married Eunice Kennedy, the daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, in 1953. Shriver served as a political administrator and diplomat for many years, but is perhaps best known for designing the U.S. Peace Corps, which was established in 1961,
following a proposal for a federal volunteer corps by President John F. Kennedy. From its Shriver served as first director of the organization from its inception until 1966. After President Kennedy's assassination in 1963, he worked for Lyndon B. Johnson's administration. In 1994, Shriver received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton. He died in 2011.
Born Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. on November 9, 1915, in Westminster, Maryland, Sargent Shriver is best known for his association with the Kennedy political dynasty, but also had his own impressive record of public service. He was the founding director of the U.S. Peace Corps in 1961, and worked with a number of organizations to help those in need.
The son of a banker, Shriver spent his early years in the Baltimore area. He was an excellent student, winning a scholarship to a New Milford, Connecticut Catholic boarding school. In 1934, he continued his studies at Yale University, where he became senior editor of the school's newspaper. After completing his bachelor's degree in 1938, Shriver enrolled at Yale Law School. Earning his law degree in 1941, he decided to join the U.S. Navy, and went on to distinguish himself during World War II. He received the Purple Heart after he was wounded at Guadalcanal.
After five years of duty, Shriver returned to civilian life. He was working as an editor for Newsweek when he met Eunice Kennedy, the daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy and sister of John F. Kennedy. Soon, Shriver went to work for Joseph Kennedy, managing a commercial enterprise in Chicago. He married Eunice in 1953. The couple would have five children together: Robert Sargent III, Maria, Timothy, Mark and Anthony.
Active in civil affairs in Chicago, Sargent Shriver moved to the national stage when his brother-in-law, John F. Kennedy, ran for the U.S. presidency in 1960. He helped out on the campaign and, following JFK's election victory, worked within the Kennedy administration. Shriver became the driving vision behind President Kennedy's proposal for a government-supported international volunteer agency, which was established in 1961 as the U.S. Peace Corps.
After President Kennedy's assassination in 1963, Shriver worked within Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, tackling social and economic issues through a strategic plan called the "war on poverty"; this plan led to the creation of programs such as Head Start, Job Corps and Foster Grandparents. Entering the world of international politics, Shriver served as the U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970. In 1972, he made his only bid for national office, running as the Democratic vice presidential candidate alongside presidential hopeful George McGovern.
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