Jean Kennedy Smith

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Jean Kennedy Smith
Kennedy Smith with Vicki Kennedy in 2008
25th United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
June 17, 1993 – September 17, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by William Henry Gerald FitzGerald
Succeeded by Michael J. Sullivan
Personal details
Born Jean Ann Kennedy
February 20, 1928 (1928-02-20) (age 86)
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Stephen Edward Smith (1956–1990; his death)
Relations Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (father)
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (mother)
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (brother)
John F. Kennedy (brother)
Rosemary Kennedy (sister)
Kathleen Agnes Kennedy (sister)
Eunice Kennedy (sister)
Patricia Kennedy (sister)
Robert F. Kennedy (brother)
Edward Moore Kennedy (brother)
Children Stephen Edward Smith, Jr. (born 1957)
William Kennedy Smith (born 1960)
Amanda Mary Smith (born 1967)
Kym Maria Smith (born 1972)
Alma mater Manhattanville College
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Jean Ann Kennedy Smith (born February 20, 1928) is an American diplomat and a former United States Ambassador to Ireland. She is the eighth of nine children born to Joseph P., Sr. and Rose Kennedy and is their last surviving child. Her siblings include President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, longtime Senator Ted Kennedy, and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy.

In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama for her work with Very Special Arts and the disabled.

Early life[change | change source]

Smith was born on February 20, 1928 in Brookline, Massachusetts,[1] on her elder sister Kathleen's eighth birthday. She was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied at Manhattanville College.

Marriage and family[change | change source]

Smith was married to Stephen Edward Smith from 1956 until his death in 1990. They had four children.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jean Kennedy Smith." The Kennedy Family: JFK Library.

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Diplomatic posts


Preceded by
William Henry Gerald FitzGerald
United States Ambassador to Ireland
1993–1998
Succeeded by
Michael J. Sullivan