Intimate Photos of the Kennedy Family

Teddy was the most Irish of four brothers, with the loudest laugh and biggest voice. But he didn’t let himself become a political vessel for others with dreams of dynasty—instead, this sentimental man embraced the freedom of being a legislator.

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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is shown with his wife Joan and son Ted Jr. and daughter Kara, 1968.

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Skiing at Stowe, Vermont, during the holiday week are Robert Kennedy, left, and his brother, Edward Kennedy, seen Dec. 30, 1960. The two were early risers, always taking the "milk run" up the Mt. Mansfield chairlift for several runs before breakfast. Their families were also with them for the ski vacation.

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Members of the Kennedy family are seen in Hyannis Port, Mass., from left to right: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and his parents Rose and Joseph Kennedy, June 1968.

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Mrs. Rose Kennedy, wife of the American ambassador to London, skating with her son, Teddy and daughter Jean, at Suvretta, St. Moritz, Switzerland on Jan. 6, 1939, where she was on holiday with eight of her nine children.

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Joseph P. Kennedy (third from left) former ambassador to Great Britain at christening of 2,200-ton destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., named in honor of his eldest son, who was killed in action as pilot of a liberator bomber. From left: Patricia, Jean, Joseph, Teddy, Rose, and Eunice. The vessel was launched at Quincy, Mass., on July 26, 1945.

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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy picnics outside the Capitol on June 15, 1976, with his wife Joan and 8-year-old son Patrick. Mrs. Kennedy brought the picnic when the senator stayed late at work.

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The Kennedy brothers, from left, Robert, Edward and U.S. President John F. Kennedy pose together in August 1963, in Washington D.C.

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Joan Kennedy, poses for photographers with her family, from left, Patrick, Kara, Teddy Jr., and Sen. Edward Kennedy after Mrs. Kennedy received her master's degree in education during Lesley College commencement ceremonies, May 24, 1981, in Boston.

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Caroline B. Kennedy entering the church with her uncle Ted on her wedding day.

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Kennedy family (clockwise top R): Robert, Joe Jr., Patricia (1924 - 2006), Eunice, Jean, Rose and Ted.


Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy confer during a campaign stop in West Virginia, May 10, 1960.


Three of the Kennedy brothers, John, Robert and Ted in their teens, stand together at their family compound in Hyannis Port.

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Jacqueline Kennedy and Ted Kennedy talk at gala ball in Boston, 1968.

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Ted Kennedy (left) and Bob Kennedy in their Washington office, Nov. 30, 1960.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, shares a laugh with her daughter, Caroline Kennedy and Caroline's uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, at Andover. They are shown at the Phillips Academy, a preparatory school, for the graduation of Jacqueline's son, John F. Kennedy Jr.

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Sen. John F. Kennedy (C), with his bride Jacqueline in their wedding attire.