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John Vernou Bouvier, III

Also Known As: "Jack"
Birthplace: East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Easthampton, Hampshire Co, MA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Vernou Bouvier, II and Maude Frances Bouvier
Husband of Janet Norton Bouvier
Father of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Caroline Lee Canfield
Brother of William Sergeant Bouvier; Edith Ewing Beale; J LEE BOUVIER; Michelle C. Putnam and Maude R. Davis

Occupation: N.Y. Stock Exchange Member, Socialite and Wall Street stockbrocker, stock broker
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About John Vernou Bouvier, III

John Vernou Bouvier III (May 19, 1891, Easthampton, Massachusetts – August 3, 1957, New York City, New York) was an American socialite and Wall Street stockbroker. He was the father of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Lee Radziwill. His nickname was "Black Jack", referring to his omnipresent dark tan and his flamboyant lifestyle.

He was the eldest child of John Vernou Bouvier, Jr. (1865-1948) and Maude Frances Sergeant (1870-1940). The Bouvier family descended from Michel Bouvier (1792-1874), a French cabinetmaker, who left France in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon. He settled in Philadelphia where he opened a cabinet making or furniture shop. He made fine furniture for the likes of Stephen Girard and Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother who lived for a time on his estate, Point Breeze in Bordentown, New Jersey. Michel gained his fortune later in real estate speculation. His son, Michel Charles (M.C.) Bouvier further distinguished himself in the world of finance on Wall Street. M.C. left his fortune to his nephew, Major John Vernou Bouvier Jr., who used it to buy a fantastic estate in East Hampton, Long Island, known as Lasata. John Vernou Bouvier III had a younger brother, William Sergeant "Bud" Bouvier (1893-1929), who died prematurely from alcoholism, and three sisters, Maude R., Michelle C., and Edith Ewing Bouvier (the mother of socialite and singer Edith Bouvier Beale).[1][2][3]

Bouvier served in World War I and attended Sheffield Scientific School, graduating in 1914, becoming a stockbroker.[4]. He married Janet Norton Lee, on July 7, 1928, with whom he had two daughters, Jacqueline and Lee. His drinking, gambling and womanizing led to his divorce from his wife in 1940. While he never remarried, Janet did in 1942, to Hugh D. Auchincloss. His former wife reportedly did not want him to escort Jacqueline down the aisle for her wedding to John F. Kennedy. Jacqueline was instead escorted by her stepfather. Some reports state that Bouvier was too intoxicated to escort his daughter, and this was the reason Auchincloss stepped in to give the bride away.

He is buried in the Bouvier family plot at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in East Hampton.

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John Vernou Bouvier, III's Timeline

May 19, 1891
East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
July 28, 1929
Age 38
East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
March 3, 1933
Age 41
Southampton, New York, United States
August 3, 1957
Age 66
New York, New York, United States
Easthampton, Hampshire Co, MA