FILE - In this May 29, 2010, file photo, author Richard Goodwin receives a Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Trustee Edward Collins during commencement ceremonies at UMass-Lowell at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass. Former White House aide and speechwriter Goodwin has died. He died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at his home in Concord, Mass. His wife, the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, said he died after a brief bout with cancer. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

Richard N. Goodwin, White House speech writer, dead at 86

May 21, 2018 - 8:43 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House aide and speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin has died at age 86.

Goodwin died Sunday evening at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. His wife, the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, said he died after a brief bout with cancer.

He was a liberal force for President John Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson who helped develop Kennedy's "Alliance for Progress" in Latin America and write Johnson's historic "We Shall Overcome" speech on civil rights.

His memoir "Remembering America" inspired the 1994 film "Quiz Show," directed by Robert Redford and featuring Rob Morrow as Goodwin.

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