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  • The Kennedy family is an American family of Irish descent who are prominent in American politics and government. The first Kennedys to reside in America were farmer Patrick Kennedy and his wife Bridget Murphy, who sailed from Ireland to America in 1849. Their son Patrick Joseph "P.J." Kennedy went into politics and business. P.J. and his wife Mary Augusta Hickey were the parents of businessman/politician Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr.. The four sons of Joe Sr. and his wife philanthropist/socialite Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald were Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Jr., John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, and Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy. Jack served as President from January 1961 to his assassination in November 1963 while Bobby and Ted both became prominent Senators. The Kennedys' political involvement has revolved around the Democratic Party. Harvard University educations have been common among them, and they have contributed heavily to that university's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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