Here’s How Jackie Kennedy’s Relatives Fell From Grace And Went From Riches To A Life Of Handouts

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Romance quickly blossomed, and on September 12, 1953, Jackie Bouvier and John F. Kennedy exchanged vows in Newport, Rhode Island, joined by over 800 guests. Then – after Jackie had sadly suffered a stillbirth and a miscarriage – the couple welcomed their daughter Caroline into the world four years later. And following her husband’s announcement that he was running for president in 1960, Jackie diligently campaigned for him.

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On November 8, 1960, Kennedy narrowly beat opponent Richard Nixon to the presidency. Then less than three weeks after that, Jackie delivered their son, John F. Kennedy Jr. The couple later had a son named Patrick, too, but he tragically died at just two days old following a premature birth.

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But what about the wider Kennedy clan? President JFK was, of course, not the first one of his family to be involved in politics. Indeed, at least one of their members was in public office at any given time over 64 consecutive years. But such status has arguably come at a price for the Kennedys, whom many people argue are victims of a curse – due to the multiple misfortunes that have befallen them.

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