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Jean Kennedy Smith
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Jean Kennedy, c. 1953
United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
June 17, 1993 – September 17, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by William H. G. FitzGerald
Succeeded by Michael J. Sullivan
Personal details
Jean Ann Kennedy

February 20, 1928 (1928-02-20) (age 91)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American, Irish (honorary)
Political party Democratic
Stephen Edward Smith
(m. 1956; died 1990)
  • Stephen Edward Smith, Jr.
  • William Kennedy Smith
  • Amanda Mary Smith
  • Kym Maria Smith
Relatives See Kennedy family
Alma mater Manhattanville College
Profession Politician

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.

Personal life

The Kennedys by Toni Frissell, 1953
The Kennedys (Jean is 3rd from the left) 1953

Smith was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on her elder sister Kathleen's eighth birthday and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.

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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