Sargent Shriver
As a founding father of the Peace Corps, Sargent Shiver's energy, idealism and sincere enthusiasm were integral in the creation and beginnings of the agency.

A day after he took his inaugural oath, President John F. Kennedy called on Shriver to head the task force to test the feasibility of the Peace Corps. Because of the uncertainty of the project, President Kennedy told Shriver, who is married to Eunice Kennedy, “it would be much easier to fire a relative than a political friend.” Shiver was appointed Peace Corps director by Kennedy three days after a March 1, 1961 executive order established the agency, and was helped build its now historic foundations.
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