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  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960 - 1999)
    . Dorothy Willard is John Fitzgerald Kennedy JR's 12th Cousin. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is Dorothy Willard's 11th great grandfather's wife's 11th great grandson. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr is the...
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929 - 1994)
    Married in St. Mary's Church, Newport, R.I. The reception was held at the Hammersmith Farm in a Victorian house. Wedding night at Waldorf- Astoria, N.Y.C., N.Y., and then honeymooned in Acapulco, Mexic...
  • John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the USA (1917 - 1963)
    John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination ...
  • Rose Elizabeth Kennedy (1890 - 1995)
    Rose Elizabeth Kennedy is Dorothy Willard's 10th Cousin twice Removed. Rose Elizabeth Kennedy is Dorothy Willard's 11th great grandfather's wife's 9th great granddaughter. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (Ju...
  • Joeseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1888 - 1969)
    Millionaire When Jack recovered from Scarlet Fever, Joe gave a check to the guild of St. Apollonia, providing dental care to children in Catholic schools. In 1927, Joe Kennedy moved his family from...

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum - The wealth, glamour and photogenic quality of the family members, as well as their extensive and continuing commitment to public service, has elevated them to iconic status over the past half-century and has led to their reputation as America's Royal Family

The Kennedy Family descended from the marriage of the Irish-Americans Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald that was prominent in American politics and government.

The Kennedy Family's political involvement has revolved around the Democratic Party. Harvard University educations have been common among them, and they have contributed heavily to that university's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Following the 1960 election of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, he and his two younger brothers, Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy, soon all held prominent positions in the federal government, and received intensive publicity, often emphasizing their youth (relative to comparably influential politicians), allure, education and collective future in politics.

From 1947, when John F. Kennedy was first elected to Congress, to 2011, when Patrick J. Kennedy departed Congress, there was a 64-year run of a Kennedy family member holding an elective office in Washington. This spans more than a quarter of the nation's existence.