Tuesday, October 7, 2014



Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The parents of a future President of the United States, Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy, exchanged marriage vows one hundred years ago today, October 7, 1914.

The Mayor of the city of Boston, Massachusetts, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, gave away his daughter Rose.

The marriage ceremony was held in the private chapel of William Cardinal O'Connell at 25 Granby Street at 9 a.m.  Rose wore a white satin gown and her sister, Agnes, served as Maid of Honor while Mr. Kennedy's Harvard classmate, Joseph Donovan, was Best Man.

According to today's TIME article by James Graham*, Mayor Fitzgerald "had doubts about" his daughter's choice, but argues that it was a good thing that Miss Fitzgerald did not share those doubts.

Graham points out that of Joe and Rose's nine children, three became U.S. Senators and one, of course, became President of the United States.

James Graham writes...

"Their wedding probably influenced the course of American history more than any before or since."

He also adds that other Kennedy children, Joe Junior, Kathleen, Patricia and Jean made distinctive contributions in public service.

Mr. Graham, who is the author of "Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat and the Sea," writes that the family's obsession "about sailing and winning races" was a major contribution to their success.  

The Kennedy sailboat, Victura, meaning about to conquer, was named by 15 year old Jack Kennedy.

Fitzgerald-Kennedy Wedding
October 7, 1914


"The Wedding That Changed American History," by James W. Graham.  October 7, 2014,

*James W. Graham lives in Wilmette, Illinois.  His publisher is Fore Edge, University Press of New England.  His website is at

His book, "Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat and the Sea," is available for $29.95 and the Ebook version is $22.99.  These may be purchased by calling 1--800-421-1561 or by accessing

Rich Evans, in his SAILING magazine book review of March 2014 writes...

"Victura is more than Graham recounting the sailing experiences of the Kennedys.  He (shows) how in the best and worst of times, the family pulled together around...sailing."

JFK Library
Photo by John White (1986)