John F. Kennedy Jr.

From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John F. Kennedy Jr.
A reflective John Kennedy jr. (5139166993).jpg
Kennedy at the White House Correspondents Dinner, April 1997
Member of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office
In office
1989–1992
Personal details
Born
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr.

(1960-11-25)November 25, 1960
Georgetown, Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedJuly 16, 1999(1999-07-16) (aged 38)
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
(m. 1996; died 1999)
RelationsKennedy family
Caroline Kennedy (sister)
ParentsJohn F. Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy
EducationNew York University
Brown University
Professionjournalist, attorney, magazine publisher
Nickname(s)John-John
JFK. Jr.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. (November 25, 1960 – July 16, 1999), often referred to as John-John, JFK Jr., or Jack Kennedy Jr., was an American attorney, journalist, and magazine publisher. He was the son of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. He was also the younger brother of U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

Early life and education[change | change source]

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born on November 25, 1960, at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. to then- president-elect John F. Kennedy and socialite Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. He had two other siblings named, Arabella Kennedy and Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, but they both died of premature birth and had an older sister named Caroline Kennedy, who was born in November 1957.

John lived in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. for the first two months of his life until the Kennedy family became the new First Family of the United States and moved into the White House after his father inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States. He only lived in the White House from 1961 until his father's assassination in 1963.

He attended schools and universities such as, Saint David's School, Collegiate School, Phillips Academy, Brown University, New York University, and the University of Delhi.

Career[change | change source]

In 1989, he earned an J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law. He later was a prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office where he worked during four consecutive years and in 1991, he won his first legal case.

Kennedy worked for the New York Times from the summer of 1992 until he resigned his profession after his mother's death in May 1994, and formally left in 1995.

In late 1995, he launched George, a glossy, politics-as-lifestyle and fashion monthly magazine with Michael Berman until it decreased and lost mass number of sales in mid-1997.

Marriage[change | change source]

Kennedy married magazine publicist, Carolyn Bessette on September 21, 1996 in Cumberland Island, Georgia.

Death and Burial[change | change source]

On July 16, 1999, Kennedy was flying with his wife and her sister Lauren to his cousin, Rory Kennedy's wedding until the planed crashed off the Atlantic Ocean of Martha's Vineyard, and later died in a plane crash along with his wife and his sister in-law on board.

On July 23, 1999, they were all cremated and their ashes were scattered across the sea.

Legacy[change | change source]

Statue resembling and honoring Kennedy and his father.

Kennedy became strong symbol of strength after his father's assassination and on the day of his state funeral, he rendered a final salute to his casket, which at the time later gained national attention.