Jackie Kennedy was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Southampton, New York on July 28, 1929. Her father, John Vernon Bouvier III was a stockbroker so the family was wealthy.
She spent her childhood learning about poetry, drawing illustrations, and ballet. Her family was doing great financially so it isn’t news that she attended the best schools.
Jackie Kennedy enrolled at Vassar College in 1947. During her stay in France, it exposed to her a lot of things and a new perspective on life.
Jackie Kennedy said of her year in France, “I loved it more than any year of my life. Being away from home gave me a chance to look at myself with a jaundiced eye. I learned not to be ashamed of a real hunger for knowledge, something I had always tried to hide, and I came home glad to start in here again but with a love for Europe that I am afraid will never leave me.”
Her first job after graduation was at Washington Times-Herald Newspaper. While working at Herald, she met her husband, John F. Kennedy.
During their first meeting, they connected immediately.
My brother was smitten with her right from the very beginning when he first met her at dinner,” claimed Ted Kennedy.
The two got married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island on September 12, 1953. Kennedy was a U.S senator at that time and his political career was climbing the ladder of success.
Jackie encouraged him to write his first book which centered around US Senators who had risked their careers to fight for things they believed in.
The same year the book was published they welcomed their first child, Caroline.
Kennedy went on to run for president and won on November 8, 1960. During the inauguration, many couldn’t help but notice it was an emotional moment for the couple.
Jackie had her hand on his chin as captured by photographer Henry Burroughs.
Jackie Kennedy explained, “Everyone said, why didn’t Jack kiss you after, which of course, he would never do there. But you had to march out in such order that I was about eight behind him. And I so badly wanted to see him before lunch, just to see him alone. And I caught up to him in the Capitol and, oh, I was just so proud of him.”
Weeks after the inauguration they welcomed their second child, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr.
Sadly, Kennedy passed away on November 22, 1963, after being shot.
Jackie took care of her children and was a great mother, sadly she passed away on May 19, 1994, from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Her former guard, Clint Hill recently revealed what Jackie Kennedy was like.
He explained, “She wanted the children to be brought up as normal children. Nothing special. The agents were to treat them as if they were just one of their own. If the kids fell, they got up. You didn’t help them. They had to learn all this stuff on their own. She wanted to avoid as much publicity as she could for the children and herself.”
He continued: “Oh, she was a great mother. She was very concerned about them, about their education. She formed a school there in the White House so that Caroline could go to school and had a bunch of several young classmates brought in from outside, from all walks of life. And it was right up on the third floor of the White House, had two teachers. They used to play out on the south grounds.”
Jackie Kennedy was that first lady who had the interest of all and she will never be forgotten.