JFK+50: Volume 5, No. 1736KENNEDY-FITZGERALD WEDDING 101 YEARS AGO TODAY
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The parents of a future President of the United States, Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy, exchanged marriage vows one hundred and one 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 Time magazine's article by James Graham* published last year, Mayor Fitzgerald "had doubts about" his daughter's choice, but writes that it was a good thing that Miss Fitzgerald did not share those doubts.
Three of Joe and Rose's nine children became United States senators and one became President of the United States.
James Graham writes...
"Their wedding probably influenced the course of American history more than any before or since."
Mr. Graham adds that other Kennedy children, Joe Junior, Kathleen, Patricia and Jean made distinctive contributions in public service.
"The Wedding That Changed American History," by James W. Graham. October 7, 2014, www.time.com/3462557/Kennedy-wedding/