The new Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate, Sargent Shriver, yesterday (Sunday) met Senator George McGovern's campaign aides at his luxurious home in Rockville, Maryland.
The new Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate, Sargent Shriver, yesterday (Sunday) met Senator George McGovern's campaign aides at his luxurious home in Rockville, Maryland. During a luncheon break he spoke to reporters about his selection.
Robert Sargent Shriver was born in November 1915 at Westminster, Maryland. The son of a banker, he was educated at Yale and graduated as a lawyer. He practised law and worked as a journalist. He saw service in the US Navy during the war and in 1946 joined the staff of the late Joseph P. Kennedy, millionaire patriarch of the Kennedy family. In 1935 he married Eunice Kennedy. They have five children. In 1960, Mr. Shriver became the late John kennedy's campaign manager and, upon his brother-in-law's election, was appointed head of the newly created Peace Corps. In 1968 he was appointed ambassador to France by President Johnson and remained in that post a year after President Nixon was elected. His choice as Senator McGovern's running mate came after a week of disarray in the Democratic Party, caused by the controversy over the past health of first choice, Senator Thomas Eagleton.