Skip to main content

Shriver was the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate in 1972 when George McGovern chose Shriver to replace Thomas Eagleton as his running mate.

From ABC:

Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. died today at age 95, family sources told ABC News.

Shriver had long suffered from Alzheimer's disease, a cause that his daughter, former California first lady Maria Shriver, championed in recent years.

Serving in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the 1960s, Shriver ran the War on Poverty and founded or was an early advocate of groups, including Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action, Legal Services, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents and Special Olympics.

President Johnson dubbed him "Mister Poverty" for his work and accomplishments.  He was the U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970.

. . .

Eagleton had pulled out of the race after revelations that he had been treated for depression and received electroshock therapy. Although McGovern declared that he would back Eagleton "1,000 percent," within a week he asked him to withdraw and picked Shriver, who was well-connected in Democratic politics as a Kennedy family member.

The McGovern-Shriver ticket lost to Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew in the general election by 23 percentage points, one of the biggest landslides in U.S. presidential history.

Shriver married John F. Kennedy's sister, Eunice Kennedy, in 1953. The two started the Special Olympics, which became a worldwide movement. She died at age of 88 in 2009.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, Shriver motivated his daughter to get involved with a four-part HBO documentary, "The Alzheimer's Project."

A picture, by request.

 title=

A true man of the people.  He shall be missed.

All composite things are impermanent,
They are subject to birth and death;
Put an end to birth and death,
And there is a blissful tranquillity.  - Gatha of Impermanence

Originally posted to T-n-T on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 02:07 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

hamletta, Sharon, Kitty, JekyllnHyde, brodie, Terri, TXdem, Bill in Portland Maine, Mogolori, murphy, teacherken, texaseditor, Adam B, abarefootboy, TrueBlueMajority, Powered Grace, Bob Love, Khun David, cinnamondog, Debby, Shockwave, crone, rhubarb, eeff, Mnemosyne, dsb, HootieMcBoob, lzachary, gjohnsit, SallyCat, Norwegian Chef, Vitarai, ssgbryan, Heart of the Rockies, sardonyx, workersuntie, bronte17, JSCram3254, BlackSheep1, sja, PBnJ, Aquarius40, Larry Bailey, Miss Blue, MJB, ctsteve, Cedwyn, wader, revsue, ammaloy, danthrax, missliberties, pat bunny, Kentucky DeanDemocrat, cosette, NYFM, hazzcon, arielle, forrest, ybruti, Kitsap River, Hollowdweller, valadon, GeegeeMI, lalo456987, rapala, vcmvo2, redstater, ExStr8, bloomer 101, Bluesee, marina, Treg, capelza, JanetT in MD, Lying eyes, citizenx, basquebob, Clem Yeobright, Mahler3, stagemom, Brooke In Seattle, trinityfly, Laurence Lewis, Pam from Calif, jimstaro, sheddhead, docstymie, markdd, chasewho, PinHole, Rogneid, Detroit Mark, the fan man, peacestpete, Ekaterin, psyched, kathny, maryru, begone, Mother Mags, third Party please, Shirl In Idaho, BachFan, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Clytemnestra, HoundDog, mooshter, dougymi, deha, Im with Rosey, blueoasis, birdbrain64, WV TN DEM, happy camper, NearlyNormal, Phthalo, profh, blueoregon, nannyboz, shaharazade, Picot verde, Friend of the court, Hedwig, Pandoras Box, ZenTrainer, lams712, dov12348, nathguy, tgypsy, edsbrooklyn, operculum, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, sfbob, mp, Uberbah, millwood, yella dawg, Got a Grip, LWelsch, JML9999, Prof Haley, cacamp, Terra Mystica, TomP, gizmo59, VA Breeze, ScottyUrb, GlowNZ, poligirl, Senor Unoball, filby, lineatus, Mr Rick, mikeconwell, Greasy Grant, Lujane, royce, mayim, TokenLiberal, alnep, mofembot, glendaw271, petulans, luckylizard, Tonga 23, Parthenia, emidesu, palantir, maggiejean, MufsMom, dhshoops, litoralis, greengemini, deMemedeMedia, Partisan Progressive, IndyRobin, JesseCW, Alise, sfarkash, RoCali, jfromga, ohmyheck, Its the Supreme Court Stupid, Vacationland, amk for obama, luvsathoroughbred, SlackwareGrrl, peacearena, Betty Pinson, Floande, HylasBrook, slice, indubitably, no way lack of brain, Onomastic, angstall, kerflooey, Mz LadyPhoenix, nicethugbert, anyname, itzik shpitzik, Ricola, Greek Goddess, BarackStarObama, emilysdad, whaddaya, randomfacts, beforedawn, Wom Bat, Mets102, rscopes, KingofSpades, DawnN, Rejoinder, Dom9000, YaNevaNo, Patric Juillet, MNGlasnant, OHknighty, Siri, swampyankee, Mr Robert, Tyler R, ivy redneck, belinda ridgewood, Ana Thema, TheGrandWazoo

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site