Born In: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
The mother of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy was a woman of strong convictions and character. Even though she is best remembered as the mother of the president, there was so much more to her personality. She was a socialite and fundraiser known for her deep catholic faith and iron will. The daughter of a Boston mayor she was educated in convents and had a comfortable upbringing. The gutsy young woman began dating Joseph Patrick Kennedy, the son of her father’s rival in spite of her father’s opposition and finally ended up marrying him. Her husband was an ambitious man who eventually became a multi-millionaire. The couple went on to have nine children and Rose took it upon herself to give her children the best upbringing they would get. Her husband, though very successful was a man given to philandering and had numerous high profile affairs. But she never wavered in her commitment towards her family and encouraged her children to reach for the stars. She was also a dedicated philanthropist and a fundraiser for various charities especially those which worked for the betterment of the mentally handicapped. She achieved a celebrity status after her son John became the president.
Also Known As: Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Spouse/Ex-: Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. (m. 1914–1969)
father: John Francis
mother: Mary Josephine
Born Country: United States
political ideology: Democratic
place of death: Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, United States
Ancestry: Irish American
Notable Alumni: New England Conservatory
Grouping of People: Centenarian
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
U.S. State: Massachusetts
education: New England Conservatory
After seven years of courtship, she married Kennedy in 1914, despite her father’s opposition. The couple went on to have nine children. Her husband prospered over the years and became a multi-millionaire.
A slew of tragedies hit the family hard during the 1940s. Her daughter Rose Marie underwent a lobotomy which left her incapacitated in 1941, while her son Joseph and daughter Kathleen died in 1944, and 1948, respectively.
Her son John became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1947, and served in this post till 1953 after which he became the U.S. Senator.
In 1961, John Kennedy became president of the United States. Her son Edward became U.S. Senator in 1962 while Robert followed suit as a Senator in 1965.
She suffered a stroke in 1984, and had to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She died in 1995, at the age of 104. She was the proud matriarch of a large family consisting of her five surviving children, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren at the time of her death.
This famous socialist was the mother of President John F. Kennedy and grandmother of actress Maria Shriver and actor cum activist Christopher Lawford.
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