The following is an excerpt from Brittany Wong | September 12, 2017 | Huffingtonpost.com |
On September 12, 1953, John F. Kennedy, the future 35th president of the United States, and his bride Jacqueline Lee Bouvier exchanged “I dos” at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.
The nuptials followed a two-year courtship between Kennedy, then a young bachelor Congressman from Massachusetts and Bouvier, the daughter of a well-connected New York society family.
The pair met at a Washington, D.C. dinner party, when Bouvier was 23 and working as an “inquiring photographer” for the Washington Times-Herald.
She was instantly smitten. In letters to family friend and priest Joseph Leonard in 1952, Bouvier wrote that her time with Kennedy gave her “an amazing insight on politicians — they really are a breed apart.”
According to the New York Times, the wedding was the social event of 1953, “a union of powerful and wealthy Roman Catholic families whose scions were handsome, charming, trendy and smart. It had a whiff of American royalty.”
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