Kennedy family

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The Kennedy family
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The Kennedy family at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (September 4, 1931). Seated left to right: Bobby, Jack, Eunice, Jean (on lap of) Joe, Sr., Rose (behind) Pat, Kick, Joe, Jr. (behind) Rosemary. Ted had not been born yet. The dog in foreground is "Buddy".
EthnicityIrish American
Current regionHyannis Port, Massachusetts
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Place of originUnited States
Notable membersSee below
Connected members
Connected familiesBennett, Bessette, Bouvier, Cavendish, Colton, Cuomo, Fitzgerald, Lawford, Reggie, Schlossberg, Schwarzenegger, Shriver, Skakel, Smith,
EstateKennedy Compound
 
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The Kennedy family
TheKennedyFamily1.jpg

The Kennedy family at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (September 4, 1931). Seated left to right: Bobby, Jack, Eunice, Jean (on lap of) Joe, Sr., Rose (behind) Pat, Kick, Joe, Jr. (behind) Rosemary. Ted had not been born yet. The dog in foreground is "Buddy".
EthnicityIrish American
Current regionHyannis Port, Massachusetts
Information
Place of originUnited States
Notable membersSee below
Connected members
Connected familiesBennett, Bessette, Bouvier, Cavendish, Colton, Cuomo, Fitzgerald, Lawford, Reggie, Schlossberg, Schwarzenegger, Shriver, Skakel, Smith,
EstateKennedy Compound

In the United States, the Kennedy family commonly refers to the family descending from the marriage of the Irish-Americans Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald that was prominent in American politics and government. Their political involvement has revolved around the Democratic Party. Harvard University educations have been common among them, and they have contributed heavily to that university's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The wealth, glamor, and photogenic quality of the family members, as well as their extensive and continuing involvement in public service, has elevated them to iconic status over the past half-century, with the Kennedys sometimes referred to as 'America's Royal Family'.

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Jr. was the first born of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. On him, Joe, Sr. pinned his hopes that his son would enter politics and be elected president. After Joe, Jr. was killed in World War II, those hopes then fell on his second eldest son John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, to become president. Soon after Jack was elected President in November 1960, he and his younger brothers, Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy and Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, all held prominent positions in the federal government. They received intense publicity, often emphasizing their relative youth, allure, education, and future in politics. From 1947, when Jack became a member of Congress, to 2011, when Patrick Joseph Kennedy II departed Congress, there were 64 years with a Kennedy in elective office in Washington (excluding a short gap of less than a month in between Jack resigning his Senate seat prior to his inauguration as President).[1] This spans more than a quarter of the nation's existence.[1] There was only a brief hiatus following Patrick's retirement from Congress in 2011, and the 2013 swearing in of Joseph P. Kennedy III.

The family has suffered numerous tragedies, contributing to the idea of "the Kennedy curse". Rosemary suffered a failed lobotomy, Jack and Bobby were both assassinated, Ted was involved in the Chappaquiddick incident, and four family members were in airplane crashes: Joe, Jr., Kick, Ted, and John-John. All of these plane crashes were fatal except for Ted's.

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The Kennedy family at Hyannis Port, September 4, 1931. From left to right: Bobby, Jack, Eunice, Jean on lap of Joe, Sr., Rose behind Pat, Kick, Joe, Jr. behind Rosemary. Ted was not born yet. The dog in the foreground is Buddy.
Weekend at Hyannis Port, August 3, 1963. Jack standing with his children and his numerous nephews and nieces: from left to right, Kathleen holding baby Christopher G. Kennedy, Ted, Jr., Joe II, Kara, Robert, Jr., David, Caroline, Michael, Courtney, Kerry, Bobby Shriver holding Timothy Shriver, Maria Shriver, Stephen Edward Smith, Jr., William, Christopher Lawford, Victoria Lawford, Sydney Lawford, Robin Lawford, and, in the foreground, John-John

See also

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy, and President John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office in 1963

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