Sargent Shriver Through the Years

JFK's brother-in-law fought to realize Camelot's promise all of his days. Adam Clymer on how Shriver helped shape a country—and never lost his enormous enthusiasm for it.

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Shriver marries Eunice Mary Kennedy on May 23, 1953, in New York.

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The Kennedy family gathers for a group photograph at the family home in Hyannis Port shortly after John F. Kennedy was elected president.

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Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver walks through the streets at a refugee camp, where a group of excited children tagged along, during his worldwide tour in 1964.

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Shriver takes off his shoes to join in a dance called the Tinkling after receiving a decoration at the Philippine Embassy in 1964.

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Shriver, who was named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Committee, poses with his family at the Shriver home near Rockville, Maryland.

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Shriver and his children kneel in prayer at the grave of John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 22, 1964.

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Shriver, the U.S. ambassador to France, takes the oath of office on May 7, 1968, in a ceremony at the State Department in Washington. Administering the oath is Chief Justice Earl Warren with Secretary of State Dean Rusk in attendance.

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Ambassador Shriver talks with the princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, in 1968. Behind them, center, is Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida.

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Shriver, by then ex-director of the Peace Corps, discusses his political future with the Democratic Party during an interview in his international law firm office, July 7, 1971, in Washington.

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Sen. George McGovern, Democratic nominee for president, and Sargent Shriver, his running mate, are shown at McGovern's house, Aug. 6, 1972.

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Shriver kisses his wife Eunice on August 9, 1972, after delivering his acceptance speech to the Democratic National Committee in Washington. Shriver was McGovern's running mate.

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Shriver, Democratic vice presidential nominee, waves to the crowd from the back of a pickup truck, as he campaigns in downtown San Francisco, August 16, 1972.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sargent Shriver was asked if he was a "stalking horse" for his brother-in-law, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. Shriver denied it, saying he was running on his own, and made some sort of point by borrowing a park ranger's horse for a ride in Cleveland, Sept. 22, 1975.

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Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sargent Shriver gets his hand twisted Sunday but otherwise seems to be enjoying himself after addressing a Democratic rally, Oct. 30, 1972, in Florissant, Missouri.

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Bill Walton, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver at a Valentino fashion show benefiting the Special Olympics, June 7, 1976.

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Eunice Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, and Sargent Shriver attend the world premiere of True Lies on July 12, 1994.

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President Bill Clinton embraces Sargent Shriver in the Rose Garden of the White House Wednesday June 19, 1996, during a ceremony to honor the 35th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Shriver was named the first director of the Peace Corps by President John F. Kennedy.

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The newly elected governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger greets his in-laws, Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy, after delivering a victory speech at a party in Los Angeles, in October 2003. His wife Maria Shriver looks on.