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The Kennedys | Kennedy Legacy
The Kennedys | Kennedy Legacy
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: Biography TV
The Kennedy Curse | Kennedy Family Tragedies | Full Story in HD
The Kennedy Curse | Kennedy Family Tragedies | Full Story in HD
Published: 2015/09/28
Channel: Biography TV
President Kennedy
President Kennedy's family reflects on his 100th birthday
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: JFK Library
The Kennedys The Curse of Power
The Kennedys The Curse of Power
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: William Simmons
THE KENNEDY FAMILY CURSE!
THE KENNEDY FAMILY CURSE!
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Kendall Rae
The Kennedy Curse: Family Tragedies - JFK, RFK, etc
The Kennedy Curse: Family Tragedies - JFK, RFK, etc
Published: 2012/07/14
Channel: WatchMojo.com
The Kennedy Grandchildren Have Grown Up To Be Gorgeous
The Kennedy Grandchildren Have Grown Up To Be Gorgeous
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: The List
JFK Life Story From Start to Finish Best Ever  │ Full Documentary Films 2016
JFK Life Story From Start to Finish Best Ever │ Full Documentary Films 2016
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Floyd Gallegos836
The next generation of Kennedys
The next generation of Kennedys
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: CNN
Return to Camelot: Never Before Seen Footage of Kennedy Family
Return to Camelot: Never Before Seen Footage of Kennedy Family
Published: 2013/07/29
Channel: ABC News
Future of the Kennedy Family Dynasty
Future of the Kennedy Family Dynasty
Published: 2009/08/28
Channel: ABC News
Caroline Kennedy And Son Jack Schlossberg On JFK, Obama And Her Met Gala Dress | TODAY
Caroline Kennedy And Son Jack Schlossberg On JFK, Obama And Her Met Gala Dress | TODAY
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: TODAY
The Kennedy Family
The Kennedy Family
Published: 2016/07/07
Channel: TheJazluvscats
Robert F. Kennedy - Mini Biography
Robert F. Kennedy - Mini Biography
Published: 2013/09/16
Channel: Biography
Patrick Kennedy shares secret family struggles in "A Common Struggle"
Patrick Kennedy shares secret family struggles in "A Common Struggle"
Published: 2015/10/05
Channel: CBS This Morning
Caroline Kennedy speaks about the JFK legacy
Caroline Kennedy speaks about the JFK legacy
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: CNN
Kennedy Family Loses Patriarch
Kennedy Family Loses Patriarch
Published: 2009/08/27
Channel: ABC News
Unforgettable Kennedy home movies
Unforgettable Kennedy home movies
Published: 2013/11/21
Channel: capecodtimes
KENNEDY SLIDESHOW #1 -- CHRISTMAS DAY WITH THE KENNEDYS AT PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (DECEMBER 25, 1962)
KENNEDY SLIDESHOW #1 -- CHRISTMAS DAY WITH THE KENNEDYS AT PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (DECEMBER 25, 1962)
Published: 2015/12/16
Channel: David Von Pein's JFK Channel
Are The Kennedys Cursed?
Are The Kennedys Cursed?
Published: 2015/09/19
Channel: Alltime Conspiracies
Kennedy Family Tribute
Kennedy Family Tribute
Published: 2009/07/11
Channel: Nurul Azman
James Spader Threw Up at Dinner with the Kennedy Family
James Spader Threw Up at Dinner with the Kennedy Family
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Dynasties - The Kennedy
Dynasties - The Kennedy's 1/5
Published: 2011/02/15
Channel: HereWeGoAgain595
New Details Emerge After Members Of Kennedy Family Arrested For Disorderly Conduct
New Details Emerge After Members Of Kennedy Family Arrested For Disorderly Conduct
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: The Western Journal
Jackie
Jackie's Girl - My Life With The Kennedy Family
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: Simon & Schuster Books
DID ME AND KENNEDY REALLY BREAK UP???
DID ME AND KENNEDY REALLY BREAK UP???
Published: 2017/11/20
Channel: The DDG Family
The Kennedy
The Kennedy's tribute video
Published: 2013/02/02
Channel: Nurul Azman
Rose Kennedy - Interview - 1974
Rose Kennedy - Interview - 1974
Published: 2016/10/08
Channel: ThamesTv
2 members of Kennedy family arrested on Cape after noise complaints
2 members of Kennedy family arrested on Cape after noise complaints
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: Breaking News
Rosemary, The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Rosemary, The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: Washington College - Campus Events
Kennedy
Kennedy's sons discuss 'curse'
Published: 2009/09/21
Channel: george9591
A Tour of the Kennedy Compound
A Tour of the Kennedy Compound
Published: 2011/11/10
Channel: Sidrah Zaheer
Taylor Swift is Already FAMILY! -- Patrick Kennedy | TMZ
Taylor Swift is Already FAMILY! -- Patrick Kennedy | TMZ
Published: 2012/09/06
Channel: TMZ
kennedy family home movies || soldier
kennedy family home movies || soldier
Published: 2014/11/03
Channel: Kennedy Camelot
June 6, 1972 - Jacqueline Kennedy and Family at the graves of Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy
June 6, 1972 - Jacqueline Kennedy and Family at the graves of Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: HelmerReenberg
The Kennedy Legacy
The Kennedy Legacy
Published: 2009/08/27
Channel: CBS
November 10, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy and Family - Virginia Horse County
November 10, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy and Family - Virginia Horse County
Published: 2009/05/29
Channel: HelmerReenberg
Bloodlines of the Illuminati - Kennedy Bloodline - Fritz Springmeier
Bloodlines of the Illuminati - Kennedy Bloodline - Fritz Springmeier
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: THEALEXJ0NESSH0W
Jackie Kennedy’s Personal Assistant Speaks Out In New Book
Jackie Kennedy’s Personal Assistant Speaks Out In New Book 'Jackie’s Girl’ | TODAY
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: TODAY
CBS This Morning - Author on "After Camelot," Kennedy family
CBS This Morning - Author on "After Camelot," Kennedy family
Published: 2012/04/25
Channel: CBS News
Kennedy... PLEASE DON
Kennedy... PLEASE DON'T BE MAD AT ME!!
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: The DDG Family
True Crime -  Kennedy family Halloween murder
True Crime - Kennedy family Halloween murder
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: Crime Investigation Discovery
The Kennedy Family- Life is Beautiful
The Kennedy Family- Life is Beautiful
Published: 2009/06/08
Channel: Caroline Carter
Kennedy Family Lays Wreath At JFK Gravesite
Kennedy Family Lays Wreath At JFK Gravesite
Published: 2013/11/22
Channel: IBTimes UK
Political Occult - Kennedy Family Pervert Michael Skakel MURDERER Of Martha Moxley
Political Occult - Kennedy Family Pervert Michael Skakel MURDERER Of Martha Moxley
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: American Mysteries & Conspiracies
The Kennedy Family
The Kennedy Family
Published: 2009/07/05
Channel: 1995kennedy
August 5, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy leaving Hyannis Port for Washington, D.C.
August 5, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy leaving Hyannis Port for Washington, D.C.
Published: 2013/11/03
Channel: HelmerReenberg
Patrick Kennedy addresses criticism from family on new memoir
Patrick Kennedy addresses criticism from family on new memoir
Published: 2015/10/05
Channel: CBS This Morning
John F  Kennedy
John F Kennedy's Last Vacation
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: Celestino Taylor
Joe and Rose Kennedy Gravesite
Joe and Rose Kennedy Gravesite
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Presidential Sites
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Kennedy
Political family
Coat of Arms of John F. Kennedy.svg
Coat of arms granted to President John F. Kennedy in 1961 by the Chief Herald of Ireland
Kennedy family on jpk birthday sept 1963.jpg
Kennedy family in September 1963
Current region United States
Place of origin New Ross, County Wexford (Irish forebears)
Boston, Massachusetts (American political dynasty)
Titles
Distinctions Kennedy curse
Estate(s) Kennedy Compound, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts

The Kennedy family is an American political family that has been prominent in American politics, public service, and business. At least one Kennedy family member held federal elective office in every year between 1947 and 2011, and then from 2013 onwards, a span of time comprising more than a quarter of the nation's existence.[1] The descendants of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy include six members of the United States House of Representatives or Senate, one of whom became president of the United States; as well as two U.S. ambassadors, a lieutenant governor, three state legislators (one of whom went on to the U.S. House of Representatives), and one mayor. In addition, Joseph's and Rose's daughter Eunice founded the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and founded the Special Olympics.

All told, members of the family have been involved in public service since 1884, 35 years after their first forebear emigrated from Ireland.

History[edit]

The first Kennedys to reside in the United States were cooper Patrick Kennedy (1823–1858) and Bridget Murphy (1824–1888), who sailed from Ireland to East Boston in 1849.[2] Their son Patrick Joseph "P. J." Kennedy went into Massachusetts politics and business.

P.J. and his wife, Mary Augusta Hickey, were the parents of four children. Their oldest was Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Sr.,[3] who amassed a fortune in banking and securities trading, which he further expanded by investing in other growing industries. Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph was appointed the first chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, directed the Maritime Commission, and served a controversial term as Ambassador to the United Kingdom in the lead-up to World War II.

Joseph Sr.'s wife was Rose Fitzgerald. They had nine children together: Joseph Jr., John, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert, Jean, and Ted. John served as the 35th President of the United States, while Robert and Ted both became prominent senators. Every Kennedy to hold elective office has served as a Democrat while other members of the family have worked for the Democratic Party or held Cabinet posts under Democratic administrations. Many have attended Harvard University, and the family has contributed greatly to that university's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Joseph originally hoped for his eldest son, Joseph Jr., to become a politician and ultimately to be elected President. After Joseph Jr. was killed in World War II, Joseph Sr.'s hopes transferred to his second son, John. After returning from military service in 1947, John served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years, and later as the junior Senator from Massachusetts until he was elected President in 1960. During his presidency, John appointed Robert as Attorney General and his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, as director of the new Peace Corps. Ted was elected to the Senate in 1962. The family received intense publicity during John's term as President, often emphasizing their relative youth, allure, education, and future in politics.

The family suffered many losses and incidents, which contributed to the idea of the "Kennedy curse". Rosemary underwent a lobotomy which left her incapacitated. John and Robert were assassinated in the 1960s. Ted was the driver of a car that went off a bridge (Chappaquiddick incident) and into a channel in 1969; a campaign aide, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. Joseph Jr., Kathleen and John Jr. died in airplane crashes.

Genealogy[edit]

Offices held[edit]

Italics denote members who married into the family. Only members who held political office are shown below.

Since John F. Kennedy's election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946, there have been very few times in which a Kennedy was not holding office, first from December 22, 1960 until January 20, 1961 (from Kennedy's resignation from the Senate to his assumption of the Presidency) and next from Patrick J. Kennedy's departure from the House on January 3, 2011 until Joseph P. Kennedy III's election to the House on January 3, 2013.

Coat of arms[edit]

In 1961, John F. Kennedy was presented with a grant of arms for all the descendants of Patrick Kennedy (1823–1858) from the Chief Herald of Ireland. The design of the arms strongly alludes to symbols in the coats of arms of the O'Kennedys of Ormonde and the FitzGeralds of Desmond, from whom the family is believed to be descended. The crest is an armored hand holding four arrows between two olive branches, elements taken from the coat of arms of the United States of America and also symbolic of Kennedy and his brothers.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levenson, Michael (February 13, 2010). "Pondering a Congress without Kennedys". The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Maier, Thomas (2003). The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings. Basic Books. p. [page needed]. ISBN 978-0-465-04317-0. 
  3. ^ The Kennedy Family The JFK Library, accessed Feb 10, 2016
  4. ^ "John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States". American Heraldry Society. Archived from the original on August 3, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 

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