Janet Jennings Rutherfurd

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Janet Jennings Rutherfurd (Auchincloss)

Birthplace: New York, NY, United States
Death: March 13, 1985 (39)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States (cancer)
Place of Burial: Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. and Janet Norton Bouvier
Wife of Lewis Polk Rutherfurd
Mother of Private; Private and Private
Sister of Private
Half sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Lee Radziwill; Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, III; Private and Thomas Auchincloss

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About Janet Jennings Rutherfurd

Janet Jennings Auchincloss Rutherfurd, half-sister of Jacqueline Onassis, died March 13 in Boston of lung cancer. She was 40. Mrs Rutherfurd, daughter of Janet Auchincloss Morris and the late Dudley Auchincloss, was the wife of international financier Lewis Polk Rutherfurd.

Janet Jennings Auchincloss Rutherfurd was an American socialite. She was also the half-sister of First Lady Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier (1929–1994) and actress Caroline Lee Bouvier (born 1933).

Janet was the daughter of stockbroker Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. (1897–1976) and socialite Janet Norton Lee (1907–1989). Her younger brother is James Lee Auchincloss (born 1947). In addition to elder half-sisters Jackie and Lee from her mother's first marriage to stockbroker John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III, she had three elder half-siblings from her father's previous marriages: Hugh III (born 1927), Nina (born 1937), and Thomas (born 1937).

Janet Auchincloss made her debut in 1963. She studied at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, and Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, the alma mater of her half-sisters Jacqueline and Lee. She went on to study music history at Sarah Lawrence College. She briefly dated future Secretary of State John Kerry.

On July 30, 1966, she married Lewis Polk Rutherfurd, a recent graduate of Princeton University and future financier. Lewis was the son of Winthrop Rutherfurd of New York and Fishers Island, the grandson of Frank L. Polk, Under Secretary of State in Woodrow Wilson's cabinet, and the great-grandson of Levi P. Morton, the former Governor of New York and Vice-President of the United States under Benjamin Harrison. The couple moved to Hong Kong, where she later founded an overseas chapter of the League of Women Voters. They had three children:

  • Lewis Stuyvesant Rutherfurd
  • Andrew Hugh Auchincloss Rutherfurd
  • Alexandra Rutherfurd

Janet died of cancer at the age of 39 in a Boston hospital on March 13, 1985, with her half-sister Jackie by her side. Her husband later married Katharine duPont Sanger (grand-daughter of Lammot du Pont II) on June 10, 1989.

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Janet Jennings Rutherfurd's Timeline

June 13, 1945
New York, NY, United States
March 13, 1985
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Island Cemetery (GPS (lat/lon) 41.4982 -71.31533), Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States