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  • The Kennedy family is an American family of Irish descent who are prominent in American politics, government, and business. 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 P.J. went into politics and business. P.J. and his wife Mary Hickey were the parents of businessman/politician Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.. The four sons of Joe Sr. and his wife philanthropist/socialite Rose Fitzgerald were Joseph, Jr., John F., Robert F., and Ted Kennedy. John served as president from January 1961 to his assassination in November 1963 while Robert 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. The wealth and glamor of the family members, as well as their extensive and continuing involvement in public service, has elevated them to iconic status over the past half-century, with the Kennedys sometimes referred to as "America's Royal Family".

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