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Encyclopedia > Jean Kennedy Smith
Jean Kennedy Smith
Born February 20, 1928 (1928-02-20) (age 79)
Education Manhattanville College
Spouse Stephen Edward Smith (1956 - 1990; his death)
Children Stephen Smith, Jr. and William Kennedy Smith and adopted Amanda Mary Smith and Kym Maria
Parents Joseph P Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Jean Kennedy Smith was born Jean Ann Kennedy on February 20, 1928 in Brookline, Massachusetts, the eighth of the nine children of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The architectural and administrative centerpiece of the Manhattanville campus, Reid Hall (1864), is named after Whitelaw Reid owner of the New York Tribune. ... Stephen Edward Smith (1927-August 19, 1990), was the husband of Jean Ann Kennedy. ... William Kennedy Smith (born September 4, 1960) is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of people disabled by them. ... Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (July 22, 1890 – January 22, 1995) married into the Kennedy family and became its matriarch in the 20th century, when its members helped shape American politics. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Norfolk County Settled 1638 Incorporated 1705 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Town  6. ... Joseph Patrick Joe Kennedy, Sr. ... Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (July 22, 1890 – January 22, 1995) married into the Kennedy family and became its matriarch in the 20th century, when its members helped shape American politics. ...

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Early life and family life

Smith was the shyest and most guarded of the Kennedy children. Her mother said, of her youngest daughter, "She was born so late, that she only was able to enjoy the tragedies, and not the triumphs." She attended Manhattanville College, at the time a Sacred Heart school), where she met and befriend two future sisters-in-law: Ethel Skakel, who married Robert in 1950, and Virginia Joan Bennett, who married Ted in 1958. The architectural and administrative centerpiece of the Manhattanville campus, Reid Hall (1864), is named after Whitelaw Reid owner of the New York Tribune. ... Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois) is a member of the Kennedy political family by her marriage to Robert F. Kennedy. ... Robert Kennedy Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy, also called RFK (November 20, 1925–June 6, 1968) was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, and was appointed by his brother as Attorney General for his administration. ... Joan Bennett Kennedy was born September 9, 1936 in Riverdale, New York as Virginia Joan Bennett. ... Edward Kennedy Edward Moore Ted Kennedy, (born February 22, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts) is a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts. ...


On May 19, 1956 in the small chapel of St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, Jean Kennedy married Stephen Edward Smith, a businessman who helped run the Cleary Brothers Company, the family boat and shipping business. He later took over the Kennedy families' finances and became a political advisor and campaign manager for the Kennedy brothers. Both Stephen and Jean Smith were present at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when Jean's brother, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) was shot and fatally wounded by Sirhan Sirhan the night that Kennedy won the 1968 California Democratic presidential primary. is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... St. ... Stephen Edward Smith (1927-August 19, 1990), was the husband of Jean Ann Kennedy. ... Sirhan Bishara Sirhan (born March 19, 1944) is the convicted assassin of United States Senator Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy. ...


The Smiths maintained a lower profile than some other members of the extended Kennedy family. During the early 1960s, they settled in New York City. Jean Kennedy Smith gave birth to two sons, Stephen Smith, Jr. (born 1957) and William Kennedy Smith (born 1960), and adopted two daughters, Amanda Mary Smith (born 1967) and Kym Maria (born 1972 in Vietnam). The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... William Kennedy Smith (born September 4, 1960) is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of people disabled by them. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


Stephen Smith died of cancer on August 19, 1990.In 1991 Smith's son William, then a medical student at Georgetown University Medical School, was accused of rape in Florida; he was acquitted. August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... William Kennedy Smith (born September 4, 1960) is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of people disabled by them. ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on January 23, 1789...


Ambassador to Ireland

In 1993, Jean Kennedy Smith was appointed by President Bill Clinton as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, continuing a legacy of diplomacy begun by her father, who was Ambassador to the Court of St. James's during the Roosevelt Administration. As Ambassador, Smith played a pivotal role in the peace process in that region for almost five years before resigning the post. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... The Court of St Jamess is the popular name of the royal court of the United Kingdom. ...


Smith's time as Ambassador was marked by controversy. She was reprimanded by Secretary of State Warren Christopher for retaliating against two foreign service officers at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin who refused to grant a visa to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.[1] The Foreign Service Journal called the Department of State's report on the matter "scathingly critical."[2] Warren Minor Christopher (born October 27, 1925) is an American diplomat and lawyer. ... For pre-Arthur Griffith use of the political name, see Sinn Féin (19th century). ... Gerard Adams (Irish Gearóid Mac Ádhaimh[1]; born 6 October 1948) is an Irish Republican politician and abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament for Belfast West. ... The Foreign Service Journal is a monthly publication of the American Foreign Service Association. ...


Jean Kennedy Smith had an uncredited role in the 1996 movie Michael Collins. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 1998 she was awarded honorary Irish citizenship by the Irish Government.[3] Irish nationality law is the law of the Republic of Ireland governing citizenship. ... The Government (Irish: ) is the cabinet that exercises executive authority in the Republic of Ireland. ...


In 2007 Jean Kennedy Smith received the Gold Medal Award from the Eire Society of Boston[1] for her peace efforts in Northern Ireland and for her humanitarian work with disabled children.


Philanthropy and later life

In 1974 Jean Kennedy Smith founded the Very Special Arts, a nonprofit organization which promotes the artistic talents of mentally and physically challenged children. She also sits on the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. ... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ...


As of 2007, Smith commutes between New York City and Washington, D.C.. She is the second eldest surviving child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2: Jack...


References

  1. ^ Engleberg, Stephen, "U.S. Says Envoy to Ireland Wrongly Punished 2 Colleagues", The New York Times, March 8, 1996.
  2. ^ Gilbert, Richard, "Dissent in Dublin - For 2 FSOs, Cable Drew Retribution And Frustration", Foreign Service Journal, July 1996.
  3. ^ "Ambassador J. Kennedy Smith Is Fellow at Institute of Politics", The Harvard University Gazette, October 14, 1999. Retrieved January 31, 2007

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