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Robert, Ted, and John F. Kennedy, taken when John was President

The Kennedys have been a famous family in American politics and have had several members chosen to important positions in the U.S. Government. The Kennedys are Irish Catholic Democrats and mostly live in Boston and Hyannisport, Massachusetts

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1888-1969) was the son of Irish immigrants who were in the Democrats. He married Rose Fitzgerald (1890-1995), the daughter of the mayor of Boston. He was a businessman and made lots and lots of money. He was friends with Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as the U.S.' man in Great Britain. He wanted to create a family of powerful politicians, and succeeded.

Children of Joseph Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (1915-1944) was the oldest of the Kennedy children. His father had wanted him to go into politics, but before that happened, he was killed in a plane crash in World War II

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) served in the Navy in World War II and then went to politics. He served in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before being elected President in 1960. He was shot and killed in 1963.

Rose Kennedy

Rose Kennedy (1918-2005) had mental illness. Part of her brain was cut off and she was placed in a mental hospital.

Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy (1920-1948) married an English nobleman, was widowed and died in a plane crash.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009) married Sargent Shriver, the head of the Peace Corps and the U.S.' man in France. In 1968, she started the Special Olympics to honor her sister Rose.

Patricia Kennedy

Patricia Kennedy (1924-2006) married an actor.

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968) was the third Kennedy son. He also went into politics, and served as Attorney General, the top lawyer in the nation, and as a U.S. Senator. In 1968, he tried to be President, but was shot while campaigning in California.

Jean Kennedy Smith

Jean Kennedy Smith (born 1928) is the last living of Joseph Kennedy's children. She used to be the U.S.' woman in Ireland.

Ted Kennedy

Edward Moore Kennedy (1932-2009) was the youngest of the Kennedys. He served for many years as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

Famous Grandchildren of Joseph Kennedy

  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Maria Shriver
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.: John F. Kennedy was John F. Kennedy Sr's only son. He died in a plane crash on the 16th July 1999. He was flying a small plane with his wife and wife's sister at night time to his cousins wedding. The plane was in a slight spiral and went unnoticed as it was dark, crashing into the ocean and killing all.
  • William Kennedy Smith
  • Ted Kennedy, Jr.
  • Patrick Kennedy
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