Sargent Shriver (right) speaking to a group of Peace Corps volunteers at his home in Chicago, 1961. That’s a 5 year old Maria Shriver on his lap… Shriver moved to Chicago to manage the Merchandise Mart (owned by the Kennedy family for more than 50 years). It was while here that JFK tapped him to launch the Peace Corps.
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Sargent Shriver(1915-2011) married Eunice Kennedy (1921-2009), a sister of John F. Kennedy, on May 23, 1953 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. They had five children. She was the founder of the Special Olympics and he was the driving force behind the Peace Corps.
Who: Eunice Mary Kennedy & Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. When: 1953 1,700 guests were in attendance at the couple’s wedding ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The reception followed at the Waldorf Astoria’s Starlight Roof where the bride had to be perched on a stepladder to cut the first slide of her wedding cake.
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