Sargent Shriver

  Male      American      Politician

  Born : Nov 09, 1915  -
  Died : Jan 18, 2011

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Robert Sargent "Sarge" Shriver, Jr. (November 9, 1915 – January 18, 2011) was an American politician and activist. As the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was part of the Kennedy family, serving in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Shriver was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, founded the Job Corps, Head Start and other programs as the "architect" of Johnson's "War on Poverty" and served as the United States Ambassador to France.

During the 1972 U.S. presidential election, he was George McGovern's running mate as the Democratic Party's nominee for Vice President, replacing Thomas Eagleton, who had resigned from the ticket.

He was born in Westminster, Maryland, to Robert Sargent Shriver, Sr. (1878–1942), and his wife, Hilda (1883–1977), who had also been born with the surname "Shriver" (they were second cousins).[5] He was the younger of the two sons. Sarge's elder brother was Thomas Herbert Shriver (1911–1989). Of partial German ancestry, Shriver was a descendant of David Shriver, who signed the Maryland Constitution and Bill of Rights at Maryland's Constitutional Convention of 1776. He spent his high school years at Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut, which he attended on a full scholarship. He was on Canterbury's baseball, basketball, and football teams, became the editor of the school's newspaper, and participated in choral and debating clubs. After he graduated in 1934, Shriver spent the summer in Germany as part of the Experiment in International Living, returning in the fall of 1934 to enter Yale University. He received his bachelor's degree in 1938, having been a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter) and the Scroll and Key Society. He was chairman of the Yale Daily News. Shriver then attended Yale Law School, earning an LL.B. degree in 1941...

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