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John F Kennedy Had 8 Siblings — A Glimpse into His Large Family

Rebelander Basilan
Jun 23, 2020
04:30 A.M.
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The late John F. Kennedy grew up in a large family. The 35th President of the United States, who was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, had eight siblings.


John was the youngest man elected as US President, and also the youngest President to die, as stated in the White House’s website. On November 22, 1963, he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Kennedy's second child was the most prominent figure in the Kennedy clan. But he also had siblings who sought to carve out a niche in the field of politics and business.

President John F. Kennedy addressed a press conference, circa 1963. | Photo: Getty Images


Joseph P. Kennedy, born on September 6, 1888, was a successful businessman who helped establish two important Boston financial institutions, as stated in the JFK Library website. These are the Columbia Trust Company and the Summer Savings Bank.

The eldest in the Kennedy siblings also took his business into Hollywood, purchasing the Maine and New Hampshire Theatres Company. He later became a movie mogul.

The next child after Joseph and John was Rosemary Kennedy. Rosemary was born on September 13, 1918. Sadly, she was left permanently disabled after brain surgery in the 1940s, as reported by Marie Claire.

Portrait of members of the Kennedy family at their home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on November 9, 1960. | Photo: Getty Images


Born on February 20, 1920, in Brookline, Massachusetts, Kathleen Kennedy was the fourth child and second daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. She was a Red Cross volunteer and had a column on the Times-Herald newspaper, as stated in the JFK Library website.

On July 10, 1921, Eunice Kennedy, the fifth in the nine siblings, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Eunice devoted his life to activities that promote the well-being of individuals with mental disabilities.

The youngest of the nine siblings, Edward M. Kennedy, was elected as Massachusetts Senator nine times.

A portrait of the Kennedy family as they sit in the shade of some trees in Hyannis, Massachussetts, circa 1930. | Photo: Getty Images


Patricia Kennedy, Rose and Joseph Kennedy’s sixth child, was born on May 6, 1924. Patricia spent much of her time on charity auctions and fund-raisers to support New York City’s arts scene.

She was a founder of the National Committee for the Literary Arts. She also worked with the National Center on Addiction. She shared four children with Peter Lawford, an English actor. They divorced in 1965.

Robert Francis Kennedy, born on November 20, 1925, was another prominent political figure from the Kennedy clan. He suffered the same fate as John.

Joseph and Rose Kennedy posed with eight of their children, undated picture. | Photo: Getty Images


The New York Senator and presidential aspirant was assassinated on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, shortly after winning the state’s Democratic primary.

Jean Ann Kennedy was Rose and Joseph Kennedy's youngest daughter and eight child. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 20, 1928, she had served as US Ambassador to Ireland and also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.

Jean Ann had been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many awards. Before her death on June 17, 2020, at the age of 92, Jean Ann was John F. Kennedy's last surviving sibling.

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and their children John, Jr. and Caroline, at their summer house in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in 1962 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Jean, who led a life of philanthropy away from the spotlight passed away at her Manhattan residence. She was survived by her four children.

The youngest of the nine siblings, Edward M. Kennedy, was elected as Massachusetts Senator nine times. He was the third-serving member of the United States Senate in American history.