Richard N. Goodwin

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Richard "Dick" N. Goodwin is an author, playwright, and former political advisor and White House speechwriter to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Mr. Goodwin is the author of several books, plays and numerous articles, including his memoir, Remembering America: A Voice From The Sixties, which will be re-released in e-book format in July 2014. Remembering America is an inspiring history that evokes the hopes, dreams and ideals of an extraordinary and turbulent decade.

As special counsel to the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Goodwin conducted the now well-known investigation of the Twenty One Quiz Show scandal, which he chronicled in Remembering America. His story was the basis for Robert Redford's 1994 film, Quiz Show, in which the Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Rob Morrow played the role of Mr. Goodwin. Quiz Show was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and four Golden Globe® Awards.

Mr. Goodwin is also the author of The American Condition and Promises To Keep: A Call For A New American Revolution. He wrote The Hinge of the World, a riveting drama about the confrontation between Galileo Galilei and Pope Urban VIII, which was published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, and performed as a theatrical production internationally in Guildford, England and Boston, where it was retitled Two Men of Florence.

Mr. Goodwin graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University and Harvard Law School. He was the recipient of Harvard Law School's prestigious Fay Diploma. Mr. Goodwin served as a Law Clerk to United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Felix Frankfurter, before being appointed as special counsel to the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Goodwin, at the age of just 29, entered the White House as an aide to President John F. Kennedy, having first travelled with then-presidential candidate Kennedy and writing speeches for his campaign. After Kennedy's election, Mr. Goodwin served as Assistant Special Counsel to the President and as a key specialist on President Kennedy's Task Force on Latin-American affairs, originating the Alliance for Progress and meeting in secret with Che Guevara in Uruguay in August 1961. Mr. Goodwin also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, and was Secretary-General of the International Peace Corps.

After President Kennedy's assassination, Mr. Goodwin served as the Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, where he formulated the concept of the Great Society and drafted many of President Johnson's major addresses and messages dealing with civil rights. President Johnson asked Mr. Goodwin to write his historic 1965 civil rights speech, which came to be known as the "We Shall Overcome" speech that President Johnson delivered on March 15, 1965 to the joint session of the United States Congress. This speech was the cornerstone of progress for voting rights and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that President Johnson signed five months later.

Mr. Goodwin resigned from the White House in 1966, joining the U.S. Anti-War Movement. He briefly directed Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign in New Hampshire and Wisconsin, and wrote speeches for presidential candidate Edmund S. Muskie, before joining Senator Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign. Mr. Goodwin was with Senator Kennedy in Los Angeles when he was killed in 1968.

After leaving government, Mr. Goodwin served as a Fellow on the faculty at Wesleyan University's Center for Advanced Studies, and as a visiting professor of public affairs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mr. Goodwin resides in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife, the presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. They have three sons and two grandchildren.

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