Kennedy Family Tree


Today I’m going to show you the family tree
of the Kennedy’s. They may not be a royal house, but with so many members serving in
high-ranking government offices, they may be the closest thing to one in America. We’ll
be going from the family’s immigration to America all the way to today, and looking
at what is known as the Kennedy Curse. To begin, we have Patrick Kennedy. He was
a Catholic immigrant who came to America from Ireland in the mid 19th century. He had five
children, the youngest of whom was Patrick Joseph, or P.J. Kennedy, who began the family’s
close connection to politics. He was a state Senator and Representative in Massachusetts
and was something of a party boss. His son was Joseph P. Kennedy, who was the
patriarch of the Kennedy family that people tend to think of. He made his fortune as an
investor before entering into politics, serving as chairman of a few commissions under Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, most notably becoming ambassador to the United Kingdom. He married Rose Fitzgerald, whose last name
you might recognize if you’ve seen Matt’s video on the Fitzgerald family of Ireland
a little while back. She was the daughter of a congressman and she actually became a
member of nobility. Pope Pius XII named her Countess of the Holy See, which is another
name for Vatican City. They had nine children, five of whom would
meet an early death or some other great tragedy. The oldest of their children was Joseph P.
Kennedy Jr. This was JFK’s older brother, who was being groomed for politics by his
father from a very young age. In fact, when he was born, his father proudly announced
“This child is the future president of the nation”. Of course, he did not end up becoming president,
because he was killed in a plane crash in WWII. Had he survived and lived up to his
father’s expectations, our timeline might have been very different: Joseph was known
to be quite sympathetic to Adolf Hitler prior to the outbreak of the war. But with his death, the pressure to succeed
in politics was passed on to his younger brother John, also known as JFK. JFK, of course, was
known for his term in office as president of the United States, and as president his
role in the Cold War including the Apollo program, as well as his support of the Civil
Rights Movement. He’s also remembered for his personal life, including his reported
affairs with multiple high-profile women. The woman he was married to, however, was
Jackie Kennedy. She came from a wealthy family, being the daughter of a stockbroker, and she
had an aunt named Edith Bouvier, who was a singer and had a critically acclaimed documentary
made about her in the 70’s. As First Lady, Jackie became an icon of fashion, art, and
culture. And after her husband was assassinated, she later married Greek billionaire Aristotle
Onassis. She and JFK had two sons, JFK Jr and Caroline. JFK Jr had relationships with several models
and actresses, including Cindy Crawford and Sarah Jessica Parker. He studied law, but
was more interested in other things, like acting and flight. It was his interest in
flying that ultimately led to his early death in a plane crash along with his wife and sister-in-law,
only a little over a year after receiving his pilot’s license. His sister Caroline, however, is still alive.
Like her father, she went into politics, becoming the US ambassador to Japan during the Obama
administration. Next among the Kennedy siblings, we have Rosemary
Kennedy. Rosemary suffered from seizures, mood swings, and a learning disability from
an early age. In 1941 her father Joseph Sr decided to have her lobotomized in an attempt
to stop her violent outbursts. But the procedure was unsuccessful, rendering her incapable
of walking or speaking coherently. What happened to her was kept secret from
the public and even to members of her own family for many, many years. It wasn’t until
1987 that he lobotomy became public knowledge. So, although she lived to be 86 and was gradually
reincorporated into her family after the death of her father, she is considered to be another
victim of the Kennedy curse. Then we have Kathleen Kennedy, who was married
to the heir to the Duke of Devonshire, but she and her husband were both killed in a
plane crash shortly after WWII Her sister Eunice, however, lived a long and
fruitful life. She was a philanthropist who founded the Special Olympics, having been
moved by her sister Rosemary. Today the Special Olympics provides competitions and training
to more than 5 million athletes across 172 countries and is overseen by her son Timothy. She married Sargent Shriver, who was an ambassador
to France, and ran as a Vice Presidential candidate with George McGovern against Nixon
in 1972. She also has a daughter, Maria. In addition
to being an author and journalist, she too became a philanthropist, and is the founder
of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. You might also recognize her husband, the former governor
and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. The sixth Kennedy sibling is Patricia Kennedy,
who produced the first cooking show on network TV. She was married to actor and producer
Peter Lawford for 10 years, but they were later divorced. Seventh is Bobby Kennedy, perhaps the 2nd
most famous Kennedy after JFK. He served as attorney general under his brother and ran
for president in 1968 against Lyndon B. Johnson, and was gaining some traction, but he was
assassinated. He had eleven children, but for the sake of
simplicity we’re sticking to only the more prominent members of the Kennedy family. His oldest son, Joe Kennedy, went on to become
a congressman, and he had a son, Joseph P. Kennedy III, who is currently a congressman
representing Massachusetts. Bobby Kennedy also had a daughter, Kerry Kennedy,
who was formerly married to the current governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, who happens to be
brothers with CNN journalist Chris Cuomo. They were married for 15 years but divorced
in 2005. Then there is the only one of JFK’s siblings
still alive today, Jean Kennedy, currently age 91. She served as ambassador to Ireland
for several years in the 90’s, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her
work with the VSA, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people living
with disabilities to engage with and participate in the arts. Finally, there is Joseph and Rose’s youngest
son, Ted Kennedy. He served as Senator from Massachusetts for nearly 47 years, the third-longest
continuous term of any senator in US history. He nearly died from a plane crash in 1964,
but was rescued, managing to escape the curse. His son, Ted Jr was a member of the Connecticut
State Senate and is currently a partner at a law firm in New York City. He has a son,
Ted III, who is currently a student in college. And finally, there’s Ted Kennedy’s son Patrick
Kennedy, who is a former congressman and has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction,
but has recovered. All right, that was a look at the Kennedy
family. If you’d like to see more, check out some of the other videos on this channel and
let us know if you’d like to see more American political families in the future. Thanks for
watching.

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100 thoughts on “Kennedy Family Tree

  1. @0:08 "They [the Kennedys] 're maybe not a ruling royal house…"

    *People from the Ulster are going to thumb down this video.*

  2. Eh, this wasn’t a very good video. You left a lot out.
    If you’re going to talk about family curses, you left quite a few in this family that have died young, although being married to Fredo’s brother would be a curse too!
    Not to mention you left out a woman named Bridget and her daughters.

  3. @UsefulCharts yes please; more Americal political families; can you please go-over the entire Kennedy Family also can you please go through the Huntington's of Connecticut or the Lees of Virginia

  4. This video has too many mistakes to even mention…..PJ Kennedy and John Fitzgerald were born in the US, their parents were the immigrants from Ireland. Kathleen's husband died during WWII and she was killed in the plane crash with her boyfriend in 1948

  5. Video: Mentions Timothy Shriver but doesn't include him or Eunice's three other children (even though one is a politician)
    Video: Includes Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Video: leaves out ALL of Patricia's children

  6. Sure, sure they're "cursed" that's why every prominent male of the family dies, not because FBI kills them in a "plane crash" or simply shooting them in public.

  7. Hey I know about Jack Rackam, he's the dude who make history video and is do the funny ahahahah.

  8. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more history in this video. Not only going a little father back in the family, but talking about their roots, how they made their money, etc.

  9. I don't remember if it was done, but do the family tree of George Washington. He was sterile, but his wife had kids from a previous marriage. One of Washington's granddaughters married Robert E. Lee! So that's cool.

  10. Thank you! Yes, I would very much like to see more american political families in the future. My suggestions:

    – Vanderbilt family
    – Rockefeller family
    – Bush family
    – Trump family

    Thanks again!

  11. You know what would be a good one, how every American president is related or at least how most of them are, a poster

  12. Crazy how you start to feel like you know people simply from what they post. Ok, back to real life. –The dude Mav calls dad

  13. What are the "dotted" lines versus the solid lines all about? If it's just "this way to a woman!" then shouldn't the married couples' line connecting, say, Kerry Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo be half dotted and half solid, with the solid half being on Andrew's side? I was unaware of this family tree rule–but it's not going to make a lot of sense in the modern era, where we're more hip to multiple genders, and people don't always give the inheritance, or even the last name, to a male heir. Maybe using dotted lines would be better used to signify "this heads to a branch of the family that terminates without an heir." Because otherwise it's actually kind of a useless designator.

  14. Can you do family trees of the Bin Ladin family, and the Bush family, pointing out where members of each have interacted with the other? It would also be cute to find any historical instances of intermarriage or common ancestry, no matter how distant.

  15. You missed the part where Ted Kennedy "almost" died in a car crash from drunken driving in the 1980s and killed an innocent women.

  16. Bobby Kennedy did not run against Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Johnson anounced prior to the first primaries that he will not seek the candidacy for peresident of the Democratic party.

  17. I will make an European Royal Family Tree which starts actually with Romulus of Rome (750 BC) and goes through every European monarchy

  18. Kathleen Kennedy was not killed with her husband in a plane crash; her husband was killed on the front during WW2 and she was killed in a plane crash a year or so later with her boyfriend.

  19. Great job but one small thing. Kathleen Kennedy's husband was killed in action in WWII. Kathleen survived him by several years and died in 1948 in a plane crash with her fiancee, Peter Wrntworth Fitzwilliam on the way to meet with her father.

  20. I am tempted to take this video and do narration from a non-leftist point of view. Like talking about that Joe made his money off of prohibition, JFK Jr. died because he thought the laws of physics didn't apply to him, and one would have to mention that being a senator was the only paying job Ted ever had and that he got away with murdering Mary Jo Kopechne.

  21. How are you gonna skip over the fact that Rose Fitzgerald lived to be 104 years old?
    Or that Jean is currently 91 years old, Eunice lived to be 88, Rosemary passed away at 87, and Patricia lived to be 82
    I've always thought that it was one of the most interesting facts about the Kennedy family, if they don't die young, they have VERY long life spans

  22. The fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up in this chart (and in this family) is still one of the great boss moves of the 20th century…

  23. The Louis-Dreyfus family would be interesting to do, as in Léopold Louis-Dreyfus (founder of the Louis Dreyfus Group) and his descendants. I know the actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a descendant but I am curious to know if there is a link to Captain Alfred Dreyfus of the infamous "Dreyfus Affair" ?

    The House of Medici would be cool too!

  24. Apparently the lobotomized Rosemary Kennedy had unnatural issues due to her mother squeezing her legs together for over an hour trying to keep the baby in.

    "During her birth, the obstetrician who was supposed to be delivering her was running late. Not wanting to deliver the baby without a doctor present, the nurse reached up into Rose’s birth canal and held the baby in place.

    The actions of the nurse would have lasting consequences for Rosemary Kennedy. The lack of oxygen delivered to her brain during her birth caused lasting damage to her brain, resulting in a mental deficiency."

  25. I had a close relative who was Joseph's driver for many years.  He told me a great deal about the Kennedy's.   Rosemary, for example was autistic.  Little was known about autism in those days.   Her family found her behavior inexplicable.   According to my relative, Rosemary mysteriously grew a large belly and when it became noticeable she disappeared.   In other words, she became pregnant out of wedlock.  The next time my relative saw her she was no longer with a big belly and there was no mention of the mysterious baby.  It was never seen.  Shortly before she disappeared she went absolutely ballistic and was heard screaming obscenities.   According to my relative, upon her return she was nearly catatonic being rolled around in a wheelchair with a "vacant look of a zombie" on her face and the only words she spoke for months were her mumbling "my baby, my baby."    Joe Kennedy was an evil bastard.  How he managed to spawn some wonderful children I'll never know.  I have met Eunice several times.  Another relative of mine won several gold medals in the Special Olympics and for a number of years she was one of the celebrities who handed out the medals.  They usually pose for pictures with the winners and their families.   I think I have about a dozen such photos thanks to my very athletic relative.  At one point I was on a first name basis with one of the Kennedy's.    Be nice to your relatives who have disabilities.  You never know where your kindness will lead.  The first television network cooking show was "Cook's Night Out" which the BBC first aired in 1937 when Patricia Kennedy was 13.  The program she produced at the age of 22 was "I love to Eat" which first aired in 1946 and was hosted by the renowned chef James Beard.   I have first editions of 19 of his books signed by him in my cookbook collection.  Interestingly the very first cooking show to air in the United States was a radio program called "The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air" and first aired in 1924, the year Patricia Kennedy was born.  My great grandmother had a home few doors down from their home in Hyannis.  She was friends with Rose for a number of years.   I have photographs she took of Rose when she came for tea.  At the time she was pregnant with Jack and was camera shy as most pregnant women were in those days.  In the photos she is sitting in a rocking chair.  I have that chair.   My father didn't like the Kennedy boys.   They would often shut down the street for their football games because Rose didn't like them chewing up their nice manicured lawn.  When they did this they basically told the other kids who lived on the street that they owned the street and to keep off of it. When they didn't they threw rocks at the kids, my Dad being one of them.   But a relative liked the Kennedy's though that might be due to being hired to be Joe's driver.   In the 1980's that relative was going to publish a book but was bought off by the Kennedy's.  I however, was not bought off so I can say as I please, especially since that relative is now deceased.

  26. Joe Kennedy made his cash from illegal alcohol imports during the Prohibition era, gangster, turned legit, politicians. Squeaky clean..

  27. You skipped Patrick and his wife too fast.. he died at just 36 of Cholera leaving his wife to raise the family… 🇮🇪

  28. Another big American family to have many of its members serve in high ranking political positions is the Taft family. Definitely would be interested in seeing their family tree.

  29. I don't think Maria is still married to Arnold Schwarzenegger. He had like a bunch of affairs and a love child with their maid, and got divorced a while ago.

  30. It would be great to cover the older generations in more depth. The tales of being a boot logger and movie producer are amazing

  31. You should do videos on the Adams, Roosevelts, and Bushes next. Also, Bobby Kennedy never ran against LBJ in 1968. He announced his candidacy on March 16, 1968, but Johnson announced his decision to retire exactly two weeks later, on March 30. And even if he'd lived, it's very unlikely he would have won the Democratic nomination. In those days, primaries were simply "beauty pageant" votes that had little to no bearing on the party conventions; all you needed was the support of the party bosses. Hubert Humphrey, the eventual Democratic nominee in that campaign, didn't even run in any primaries, but he was the sitting VP and thus had the support of the party leaders locked up. While Johnson was on the primary ballot in some states, he never formally declared his candidacy before bowing out and only was on the ballot because it was erroneously assumed he would run again.

  32. You should do the Ohio Sherman family tree. I will be surprised if I am related to William Tecumseh Sherman.

  33. John F Kennedy Jr was also interested in periodical editing/publishing¹, and was either chairman of the board or editor-in-chief of New York Newsday for a short time.

    ¹his father planned to start a newspaper after finishing his second term as President.

  34. Another fun fact: when Ted Kennedy (whose full name was Edward Moore Kennedy) ran for re-election to the Senate, his rival in the campaign Henry Cabot Lodge said, "If my opponent's name was nothing more than Edward Moore, nobody would care."

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