Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. was an American diplomat, politician, and activist. As the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was part of the Kennedy family. Shriver was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps. He served as the Director of the Peace Corps from 1961 to 1966. During his tenure as director, he traveled around the United States giving speeches about the Peace Corps in many different contexts: graduation ceremonies, honorary doctoral ceremonies, political meetings, and economic councils. On May 7, 1968, Shriver was sworn in as the US ambassador to France. He was involved in the Paris Peace Talks which began in 1968 between the United States and Vietnamese officials. Robert was awarded the Laetare Medal by the University of Notre Dame and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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