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Kennedy
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
Current regionHyannis Port, Massachusetts
Place of originIreland/United States
Notable members
Connected members
DistinctionsProminence in politics
EstateKennedy Compound
 
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Kennedy
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
Current regionHyannis Port, Massachusetts
Place of originIreland/United States
Notable members
Connected members
DistinctionsProminence in politics
EstateKennedy Compound

The Kennedy family is an American family of Irish descent who are prominent in American politics and government. The first Kennedys to reside in America were farmer Patrick Kennedy (1823–1858) and his wife Bridget Murphy (c. 1824–1888), who sailed from Ireland to America in 1849. Their son Patrick Joseph "P.J." Kennedy (1858–1929) went into politics and business. P.J. and his wife Mary Augusta Hickey (1857–1923) were the parents of businessman/politician Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. (1888–1969). The four sons of Joe Sr. and his wife philanthropist/socialite Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1890–1995) were Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Jr. (1915–1944), John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (1917–1963), Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925–1968), and Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932–2009). Jack served as President from January 1961 to his assassination in November 1963 while Bobby and Ted both became prominent Senators. The Kennedys' 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".

Joe Sr. originally pinned his hopes on eldest son, Joe Jr., to enter politics and be elected president. After Joe Jr. was killed in World War II, those hopes then fell on his second eldest son, Jack, to become president. Soon after Jack was elected President in November 1960, he, Bobby, and Ted 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 Ted's younger son Patrick Joseph Kennedy II (born 1967) departed Congress, there were 64 years with a Kennedy in elective office in Washington (excluding a short gap of less than a month when Jack resigned his Senate seat prior to his inauguration as president). This spans more than a quarter of the nation's existence.[1]

The family has suffered numerous tragedies, contributing to the idea of the "Kennedy curse". Joe Sr. and Rose's eldest daughter, Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy (1918–2005), was made to undergo a lobotomy which turned out to be crippling. Jack and Bobby were both assassinated in the 1960s. Ted was involved in the Chappaquiddick incident. Joe Jr., Kathleen Agnes "Kick" Kennedy (1920–1948), and John Fitzgerald "John-John" Kennedy, Jr. (1960–1999) were killed in plane crashes. Ted was also involved in a plane crash, but survived. Most recently, Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr.'s (born 1954) second wife, Mary Kathleen Richardson (1959–2012), committed suicide on May 16, 2012.

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Photos[edit]

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, 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
Jack and Jackie on their wedding day, surrounded by relatives
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy, and President John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office in 1963
The Kennedy brothers, Jack, Bobby, and Ted, July 1960.


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Coat of Arms[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of Kennedy family
Notes
The Grant of Arms granting this Arms to all descendants of Patrick Kennedy was presented to John Fitzgerald Kennedy Sr. from the Chief Herald of Ireland on 17 March 1961, St. Patrick's Day.
Adopted
17 March 1961
Crest
Between two olive branches a cubit sinister arm in armour erect, the hand holding a sheaf of four arrows, points upwards, all proper
Escutcheon
Sable three helmets in profile Or within a bordure per saltaire Gules and Ermine
Symbolism
The 3 helmets on black alludes to the Arms of the O'Kennedys of Ormonde, and the red and Ermine allude the Arms of the FitzGeralds of Desmond. The olive branches and arrows symbolise America, because the olive branches and the arrows that appear in the Arms also appear in the talons of the American Eagle in the Great Seal of the United States of America.

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