The Kennedy family 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.
Patrick Kennedy[change | change source]
Patrick Kennedy (1823-1858) was the youngest son of farmer James Kennedy Sr. (1770-1840) and Maria Maiden (1779-1836). He was the first kennedy to reside in the U.S.A and the first member of the family to engaged in business and politics, and from him the dynasty began. He was also the first generation of the family as a businessman and politician. He married Bridget Murphy (1821-1888).
P. J. Kennedy[change | change source]
P. J. Kennedy (1858-1929), youngest son of Patrick and Bridget. He was the second generation of the family as also a businessman and politician. He became a political figure in the Democratic Party in Boston, after he took his sets in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and in the Massachusetts Senate. He married Mary Augusta Hickey (1857-1923).
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.[change | change source]
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1888-1969), eldest son of P. J. and Mary. He was the third generation of the family as another businessman and politician. He married Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1890-1995), the daughter of the mayor of Boston. He was a successful businessman and was very wealthy. He was friend with Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as the U.S.A ambassador to Great Britain. He wanted to create a family of powerful politicians, and succeeded. He became the patriarch of the family.
Children of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.[change | change source]
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.[change | change source]
Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Jr. (1915-1944) was the eldest son of Joseph, Sr. and Rose. 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[change | change source]
John Fitzgerald "Jack" 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.
Rosemary Kennedy[change | change source]
Kathleen Kennedy[change | change source]
Kathleen Agnes Kennedy (1920-1948) married an English nobleman, was widowed and died in a plane crash.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver[change | change source]
Patricia Kennedy Lawford[change | change source]
Patricia Kennedy Lawford (1924-2006) married an actor.
Robert F. Kennedy[change | change source]
Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (1925-1968) the third son of Joseph, Sr. and Rose. 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[change | change source]
Jean Kennedy Smith (born 1928) is the last living of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.'s children. She used to be the USA ambassador to Ireland.
Ted Kennedy[change | change source]
Famous Grandchildren of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.[change | change source]
- Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Joseph P. Kennedy II
- Joseph P. Kennedy III
- Maria Shriver
- Caroline Kennedy
- Christopher Lawford
- John F. Kennedy, Jr.: John F. Kennedy, Jr. was John F. Kennedy'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 J. Kennedy II