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September 12 1953 John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier

On September 12th 1953, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, the future 35th president of the United States, married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.

Seven years later, the couple would become the youngest president and first lady in American history.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was born into a prominent New York family in 1929 and grew into an avid horsewoman and reader.In 1951, after graduating from George Washington University, Jackie, as she was called, took a tour of Europe.

That fall, she returned to the U.S. to begin her first job as the Washington Times-Herald‘s “Inquiring Camera Girl.” Shortly afterward, she met a young, handsome senator from Massachusetts named John Kennedy at a dinner party in Georgetown.

They dated over the next two years, during which time Jackie mused at the idea that she might actually marry a man who was allergic to horses, something she never thought she would have considered. In 1953, the two were engaged, when Kennedy gave Jackie a 2.88-carat diamond-and-emerald ring from Van Cleef and Arpels.

“Jack,” as Kennedy was called, and Jackie married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Jackie wore an ivory silk gown made by Ann Lowe, an African-American designer.

The Catholic mass was attended by 750 guests and an additional 450 people joined the wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm. The couple danced to the Meyer Davis Orchestra’s version of “I Married an Angel.” Davis also performed at Jackie’s parents’ wedding and at Kennedy’s inaugural ball.

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5 thoughts on “September 12 1953 John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier

  1. Ah, the days of Camelot!

    Posted by leamuse | September 12, 2012, 00:21
  2. The beginnings of the American Camelot.

    Posted by swabby429 | September 12, 2012, 00:27
  3. I clearly remember the day President Kennedy was assasinated. I was in the fourth grade, and my school’s assistant principal came in and whispered it in my teacher’s ear. I’ll never forget the expression on her face. She sent us all out into the hall for a drink of water at the water fountain. I guess she didn’t want us to see her cry.

    Posted by jackopines | September 14, 2012, 23:10
  4. Very suitable couple – beautiful … – then she shake the world with married Onassis, good for her – maybe not so handsome as John, but I’m sure she had her reasons.

    Posted by viveka | September 23, 2012, 08:53

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