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Jean Kennedy Smith
Jean Kennedy, c. 1953
|United States Ambassador to Ireland|
June 17, 1993 – September 17, 1998
|Preceded by||William H. G. FitzGerald|
|Succeeded by||Michael J. Sullivan|
Jean Ann Kennedy
February 20, 1928
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Nationality||American, Irish (honorary)|
Stephen Edward Smith
(m. 1956; died 1990)
|Relatives||See Kennedy family|
|Alma mater||Manhattanville College|
Jean Ann Kennedy Smith (born February 20, 1928) is an American diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998. As Ambassador to Ireland, Smith was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process as President Bill Clinton's representative in Dublin.
Smith is the founder of Very Special Arts (VSA), an internationally recognized non-profit dedicated to creating a society where people with disabilities can engage with the arts. In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama for her work with VSA and people with disabilities.
She is the eighth of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald, and is their longest-lived and last surviving child. Her siblings include President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Ted Kennedy, and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
She studied at Manhattanville College. Smith was married to Stephen Edward Smith from 1956 until his death in 1990. They had four children.
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