First Lady: Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee Bouvier Kennedy

Jacqueline “Jackie” Lee Bouvier was also born into a wealthy family on July 28, 1929. Her father was a New York stockbroker and her parents divorced when she was quite young. Jackie spent three years of college at Vassar in New York before transferring to George Washington University in her senior year. She graduated with a degree in French literature and then went to work as a journalist for the Washington Times-Herald.

Jackie first met Kennedy at a dinner party in 1952. They began dating early in 1953 and were married on September 12, 1953. The Kennedys had two children who lived to maturity: Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr. Their son John and his wife died in a plane accident on July 16, 1999.


John F. Kennedy allegedly had an affair with movie actress Marilyn Monroe. She famously sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to him during his birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962. Kennedy's response to the sultry song was, “I can now retire from politics after having had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way.”

As first lady, Jackie was revered for her fashion sense and poise. She spent much time while living in the White House working on its restoration. She worked tirelessly to bring furnishings and items of historical significance to the White House. Then, in 1962, she allowed America to see the interior of the White House through a television tour on CBS. Jackie Kennedy handled the assassination and funeral of President Kennedy with dignity and poise. She removed herself from public life for a time to mourn her husband. In 1968, she married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. In later years she worked as an editor for Doubleday. She died on May 18, 1994, from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

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