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Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 6, 1888
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts,
United States
Date of deathNovember 18, 1969(age 81)
Place of deathHyannis Port, Massachusetts,
United States
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseRose Fitzgerald
ChildrenJoseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
Jul 25, 1915 � Aug 12, 1944
John F. Kennedy
May 29, 1917 � Nov 22, 1963
Rosemary Kennedy
Sep 13, 1918 � Jan 7, 2005
Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish
Feb 20, 1920 � May 13, 1948
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Jul 10, 1921 � Aug 11, 2009
Patricia Kennedy Lawford
May 6, 1924 � Sep 17, 2006
Robert F. Kennedy
Nov 20, 1925 � Jun 6, 1968
Jean Kennedy Smith
born Feb 20, 1928
Edward M. Kennedy
Feb 22, 1932 - Aug 25, 2009
Alma materHarvard College
ProfessionBusinessman, Politician
ReligionRoman Catholic
Cause of deathComplications from a stroke
44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office1938 - 1940
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
Succeeded byJohn Gilbert Winant
Preceded byRobert Worth Bingham
1st Chairman of the Maritime Commission
In office1936 - 1938
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
Succeeded byEmory S. Land
Preceded byOffice created
1st Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
In office1934 - 1935
PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt
Succeeded byJames M. Landis
Preceded byOffice created

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Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. (September 6, 1888 - November 18, 1969) was a prominent American businessman and political figure.

Kennedy was the father of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, United States Senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy, naval officer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr, Special Olympics co-founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith; and the grandfather of U.S. Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy II and Patrick J. Kennedy.

Kennedy allowed surgeons to perform a lobotomy (one of the earliest in the U.S.) on his daughter Rosemary Kennedy in 1941. Various reasons for the operation have been given, but it left her permanently incapacitated.

He was a leading member of the Democratic Party and of the Irish Catholic community. He was the inaugural Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), and later directed the Maritime Commission. Kennedy served as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1938 until late 1940, including the early part of World War II.

Born to a political family in Boston, Massachusetts, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. was educated at Boston Latin School and Harvard University, and embarked on a career in finance, making a large fortune as a stock market and commodity investor and by investing in real estate and a wide range of industries. At the repeal of Prohibition, Kennedy and FDR's son James Roosevelt traveled to Scotland to buy distribution rights for Scotch whisky. In addition, Kennedy had purchased spirits-importation rights from Schenley Industries, a firm in Canada.

During World War I, he was an assistant general manager of Bethlehem Steel and developed a friendship with Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Kennedy made huge profits from reorganizing and refinancing several Hollywood studios, ultimately merging several acquisitions into Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) studios. After Prohibition ended in 1933, Kennedy consolidated an even larger fortune when his company, Somerset Importers, became the exclusive American agent for Gordon's Gin and Dewar's Scotch. He owned the largest office building in the country, Chicago's Merchandise Mart, giving his family an important base in that city and an alliance with the Irish-American political leadership there.

His term as Ambassador and his political ambitions ended abruptly during the Battle of Britain in November 1940, with the publishing of his controversial remarks suggesting that "Democracy is finished in England. It may be here, [in the US]." Kennedy resigned under pressure shortly afterwards. In later years, Kennedy worked behind the scenes to continue building the financial and political fortunes of the Kennedy family. After a disabling stroke on December 19, 1961, at the age of 73, Kennedy lost all power of speech, but remained mentally intact. He used a wheelchair after the stroke. Kennedy was one of three fathers (the other two being Dr. George Tryon Harding, Sr. and George H. W. Bush) to live through the entire presidency of a son. He died on November 18, 1969, two months after his 81st birthday.

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Government offices
Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Succeeded by
James M. Landis
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert Worth Bingham
U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
1938 - 1940
Succeeded by
John G. Winant
Honorary titles

Name Birth Death Age at death Notes and cause of death (where applicable)
Joseph PatrickKennedy, Jr.Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.Joseph 1915 7, format=mdy 1944 8, format=mdy 29 Killed in England while serving in Operation Aphrodite during World War II.
John FitzgeraldKennedyJohn F. KennedyJohn 1917 5, format=mdy 1963 11, format=mdy 46 Married 1953 to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. Became 35th President. Assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Rose MarieKennedyRosemary KennedyRose 1918 9, formet=mdy 2005 1, format=mdy 86 Lobotomized in 1941, then institutionalized from 1949 until her death.
Kathleen AgnesKennedyKathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of HartingtonKathleen 1920 2, format=mdy 1948 5, format=mdy 28 Married 1944 to William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington; died in plane crash in France.
Eunice MaryKennedyEunice Kennedy ShriverEunice 1921 7, format=mdy 2009 8, format=mdy 88 Married 1953 to Sargent Shriver; died at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Patricia HelenKennedyPatricia Kennedy LawfordPatricia 1924 5, format=mdy 2006 9, format=mdy 82 Married 1954 to Peter Lawford; divorced 1966. Died in 2006 from complications of pneumonia.
Robert FrancisKennedyRobert F. KennedyRobert 1925 11, format=mdy 1968 6, format=mdy 42 Married 1950 to Ethel Skakel. Served as the U.S. Attorney General 1961 � 1964 and a U.S. Senator from New York 1965 � 1968. Ran for 1968 Democratic presidential nomination, but was assassinated in Los Angeles, California.
Jean AnnKennedyJean Kennedy SmithJean 1928 2, format=mdy   {{sortFebruary 20, 1928(age 83)}} Married 1956 to Stephen Edward Smith; 1993-1998 U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.
Edward MooreKennedyTed KennedyEdward 1932 2, format=mdy 2009 8, format=mdy 77 Married 1958 to Joan Bennett, divorced in 1982; remarried in 1992 to Victoria Reggie. Served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1962 to his death in 2009 due to brain cancer.

Chairmen of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Kennedy * Landis * Douglas * Frank * Eicher * Purcell * Caffrey * Hanrahan * McDonald * D Cook * Demmler * Armstrong * Gadsby * Cary * Cohen * Budge * Casey * B Cook * Garrett * Hills * Williams * Shad * Ruder * Breeden * Levitt * Pitt * Donaldson * Cox * Schapiro

US United States Ambassadors to the United Kingdom UK

Ministers Plenipotentiary to
the Court of St. James's
1785 �1811
John Adams 1785 �1788 * Thomas Pinckney 1792 �1796 * Rufus King 1796 �1803 * James Monroe 1803 �1807 * William Pinkney 1808 �1811 * Jonathan Russell (chargé d'affaires) 1811 �1812
Envoys Extraordinary and
Ministers Plenipotentiary to
the Court of St. James's
1815 �1893
John Quincy Adams 1815 �1817 * Richard Rush 1818 �1825 * Rufus King 1825 �1826 * Albert Gallatin 1826 �1827 * James Barbour 1828 �1829 * Louis McLane 1829 �1831 * Martin Van Buren 1831 �1832 * Aaron Vail (chargé d'affaires) 1832 �1836 * Andrew Stevenson 1836 �1841 * Edward Everett 1841 �1845 * Louis McLane 1845 �1846 * George Bancroft 1846 �1849 * Abbott Lawrence 1849 �1852 * Joseph R. Ingersoll 1852 �1853 * James Buchanan 1853 �1856 * George M. Dallas 1856 �1861 * Charles Adams, Sr. 1861 �1868 * Reverdy Johnson 1868 �1869 * John Lothrop Motley 1869 �1870 * Robert C. Schenck 1871 �1876 * Edwards Pierrepont 1876 �1877 * John Welsh 1877 �1879 * James Russell Lowell 1880 �1885 * Edward J. Phelps 1885 �1889 * Robert Todd Lincoln 1889 �1893
Ambassadors Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary to
the Court of St. James's
1893 �present
Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. 1893 �1897 * John Hay 1897 �1898 * Joseph Choate 1899 �1905 * Whitelaw Reid 1905 �1912 * Walter Page 1913-1918 * John W. Davis 1918 �1921 * George Harvey 1921 �1923 * Frank B. Kellogg 1924 �1925 * Alanson B. Houghton 1925 �1929 * Charles G. Dawes 1929 �1931 * Andrew W. Mellon 1932 �1933 * Robert Bingham 1933 �1937 * Joseph P. Kennedy 1938 �1940 * John G. Winant 1941 �1946 * W. Averell Harriman 1946 * Lewis W. Douglas 1947 �1950 * Walter S. Gifford 1950 �1953 * Winthrop W. Aldrich 1953 �1957 * John Hay Whitney 1957 �1961 * David K. E. Bruce 1961 �1969 * Walter H. Annenberg 1969 �1974 * Elliot L. Richardson 1975 �1976 * Anne Armstrong 1976 �1977 * Kingman Brewster, Jr. 1977 �1981 * John J. Louis, Jr. 1981 �1983 * Charles H. Price II 1983 �1989 * Henry E. Catto, Jr. 1989 �1991 * Raymond G. H. Seitz 1991 �1994 * William J. Crowe 1994 �1997 * Philip Lader 1997 �2001 * William Stamps Farish III 2001 �2004 * Robert H. Tuttle 2005 �2009 * Louis Susman 2009 �

John F. Kennedy

LifeMotor Torpedo Boat PT-109 * Motor Torpedo Boat PT-59
PoliticsElectoral history * Presidential election, 1960 * New Frontier * Inaugural address * Kennedy Doctrine * Alliance for Progress * Bay of Pigs Invasion * Cuban Missile Crisis * Partial Test Ban Treaty * Kennedy and Latin America
Events"Happy Birthday, Mr. President" * Assassination * Reaction * State funeral * Presidential timeline
LegacyMemorial * Aircraft carrier * Library * In popular culture * "Ich bin ein Berliner" * Profile in Courage Award
Why England Slept * Profiles in Courage * A Nation of Immigrants
FamilyJacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis * Caroline Bouvier Kennedy * John F. Kennedy, Jr. (airplane crash) * Patrick Bouvier Kennedy * Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. * Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy * Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. * Robert F. Kennedy (assassination) * Edward M. Kennedy (Chappaquiddick incident)

Kennedy family

Ancestors of
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.
(1888 �1969)
James Kennedy and Maria Kennedy parents of
--- Patrick Kennedy (m.) Bridget Murphy parents of
------ P. J. Kennedy (m.) Mary Augusta Hickey parents of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald
(1890 �1995)
Philip and Mary Cox * Thomas Fitzgerald and Rosanna Cox * Michael Hannon and Mary Ann Fitzgerald * John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (m.) Mary Josephine Hannon parents of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Children of
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
(in birth order) Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. * John Fitzgerald Kennedy (m.) Jacqueline Lee Bouvier * Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy * Kathleen Agnes Kennedy (m.) William John Robert Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington * Eunice Mary Kennedy (m.) Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. * Patricia Kennedy (m./div.) Peter Lawford * Robert Francis Kennedy (m.) Ethel Skakel * Jean Ann Kennedy (m.) Stephen Edward Smith * Edward Moore Kennedy (m./div. 1st) Virginia Joan Bennett; (m. 2nd) Victoria Anne Reggie
(in birth order)
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (1915 �1944)None
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 �1963)Arabella Kennedy * Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (m.) Edwin Arthur Schlossberg * John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (m.) Carolyn Jeanne Bessette * Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
Rose Marie Kennedy (1918 �2005)None
Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness
of Hartington
(1920 �1948)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921 �2009)Robert Sargent Shriver III (m.) Malissa Feruzzi * Maria Owings Shriver (m.) Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger * Timothy Perry Shriver (m.) Linda Potter * Mark Kennedy Shriver (m.) Jeannie Eileen Ripp * Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver (m.) Alina Mojica
Patricia Kennedy Lawford (1924 �2006)Christopher Kennedy Lawford * Sydney Maleia Kennedy Lawford * Victoria Francis Lawford * Robin Elizabeth Lawford
Robert Francis Kennedy (1925 �1968)Kathleen Hartington Kennedy (m.) David Lee Townsend * Joseph Patrick Kennedy II (m./div. 1st) Sheila Brewster Rauch; (m. 2nd) Anne Elizabeth "Beth" Kelly * Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. (m./div. 1st) Emily Ruth Black (m. 2nd) Mary Richardson * David Anthony Kennedy * Mary Courtney Kennedy (m/div. 1st) Jeffrey Robert Ruhe; (m./sep. 2nd) Paul Michael Hill * Michael LeMoyne Kennedy (m.) Victoria Denise Gifford * Mary Kerry Kennedy (m./div.) Andrew Mark Cuomo * Christopher George Kennedy (m.) Sheila Sinclair Berner * Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy (m.) Victoria Anne Strauss * Douglas Harriman Kennedy (m.) Molly Elizabeth Stark * Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy (m.) Mark Bailey
Jean Kennedy Smith (born 1928)Stephen Edward Smith, Jr. * William Kennedy Smith * Amanda Mary Smith * Kym Maria Smith
Edward Moore Kennedy (1932 �2009)Kara Anne Kennedy (m.) Michael Allen * Edward Moore Kennedy, Jr. (m.) Katherine Anne "Kiki" Gershman * Patrick Joseph Kennedy

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