Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard N. Goodwin, former speechwriter for Kennedys, LBJ, dies at 86

Richard N. Goodwin, former speechwriter for Kennedys, LBJ, dies at 86

Richard N. Goodwin, an aide, speechwriter and liberal force for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson who helped craft such historic addresses as Robert Kennedy's “ripples of hope” and LBJ's speeches on civil rights and the Great Society, died Sunday evening at age 86.

Goodwin, the husband of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, died at his home in Concord, Mass. According to his wife, he died after a brief bout with cancer.

Goodwin was among the youngest members of President Kennedy's inner circle and among the last survivors. Brilliant and contentious, with thick eyebrows and a mess of wavy-curly hair, the cigar-smoking Goodwin rose from a working-class...

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