Sargent Shriver Jr.

Sargent Shriver Jr.

Original Name Robert
Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
Death 18 Jan 2011 (aged 95)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Centerville, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 64372161 · View Source
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US Political Leader, Civic Activist. Born Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., he graduated from Yale University in 1938 and Yale Law School in 1941. An opponent of involvement in World War II, after the United States entered the conflict he served in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Hired by Joseph Kennedy to manage Chicago's Merchandise Mart, Shriver married Kennedy's daughter Eunice. He worked in the 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy, and during Kennedy's administration served as the first Director of the Peace Corps. During Lyndon Johnson's administration Shriver was the first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1968 he was appointed Ambassador to France, serving until 1970. In 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern selected Thomas Eagleton as his running mate. When Eagleton withdrew, McGovern named Shriver, and the ticket was defeated by incumbents Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. In 1976 Shriver was briefly a candidate for President, afterwards returning to practicing law. He was active in the Special Olympics, an organization founded by his wife, and maintained his involvement in several philanthropic endeavors. In 1994 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and his daughter journalist Maria and then son-in-law actor Arnold Schwarzenegger described his condition during their advocacy for increased stem cell research.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sargent Shriver Jr. (9 Nov 1915–18 Jan 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 64372161, citing Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery, Centerville, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .