Sargent Shriver

Shriver in 1961, by Rowland Scherman, Peace Corps

Birth Name: Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr.

Date of Birth: November 9, 1915

Place of Birth: Westminster, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Death: January 18, 2011

Place of Death: Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, Irish, small amounts of Scottish, English, Dutch, and French Huguenot

Sargent Shriver was an American politician and activist. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 1st Director of the Peace Corps, from March 22, 1961 to February 28, 1966, the 1st Director of the OEO, from October 16, 1964 to March 22, 1968, and the 21st U.S. Ambassador to France, from April 22, 1968 to March 25, 1970.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1972. He was also a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1976.

Sargent was the son of Hilda (Shriver) and Robert Sargent Shriver. His parents were born with the same surname, and were second cousins. His ancestry was German and Irish, with small amounts of Scottish, English, Dutch, and French Huguenot. He was married to Eunice Mary Kennedy, of the Kennedy political family. Among their five children is journalist, activist, and writer Maria Shriver, and among their grandchildren are author Katherine Schwarzenegger and actor, model, and entrepreneur Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Sargent’s patrilineal line can be traced to Lorenz Schreiber, who was born, c. 1630, in Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

Sargent’s paternal grandfather was Henry Shriver (the son of Joseph Shriver and Henrietta Jane Causten/Cansten). Henry was born in Maryland. Joseph was the son of Andrew Shriver and Elizabeth Shultz/Schultze. Henrietta was the daughter of James Hyman Causten and Eliza Meyer.

Sargent’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Sargent Van Lear Perry (the daughter of Thomas Johns Perry and Maria/Mary Louisa/Louise Van Lear). Sarah was born in Maryland. Thomas was the son of Roger Perry and Lucy Calmes. Maria/Mary Louisa/Louise was the daughter of William Horatio Van Lear and Louisa Christian Smith.

Sargent’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Herbert Shriver (the son of William Shriver and Mary Margaret Josephine Owings/Owing). Thomas was born in Maryland. William was the son of Andrew Shriver and Elizabeth Shultz/Schultze. Mary Margaret was the daughter of John Aloysius Owing/Owings and Margaret McAllister/McAlister.

Sargent’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Rosalia/Rosalie Lawson (the daughter of Robert Lawson and Margaret Quinn). Elizabeth was born in Maryland.

Sources: Genealogies of Sargent Shriver –

Sargent’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Rosalia/Rosalie Lawson, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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