A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN's audience.

America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama


Jacqueline Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
So many people hit the White House with their Dictaphone running...I never even kept a journal. I thought, ‘I want to live my life, not record it.’

Born - July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York

Parents - John Vernou “Jack” Bouvier III & Janet Norton Lee Bouvier

Married - September 12, 1953 to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (widowed in 1963, second marriage to Aristotle Socrates Onassis in 1968, widowed in 1975)

Children - Daughter (stillborn) in 1956,
Caroline Bouvier (1957 – present),
John Fitzgerald, Jr. (1960 – 1999),
Patrick Bouvier (1963)

Education - Bachelor of Arts degree at George Washington University in 1951

Occupation - Book editor

Post White House residence - New York City

Causes - White House Historical Association, planned the first guidebook of the White House for visitors, and gave the first TV tour of the White House

Died - May 19, 1994 in New York, New York

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Did You Know Icon Did You Know...
  • Mrs. Kennedy studied aboard in Europe during her time at George Washington University.
  • Mrs. Kennedy took a job as an “inquiring photographer” for a local newspaper in Washington after graduating college. She interviewed her husband before he was president.
  • Mrs. Kennedy was the second presidential widow to remarry.

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