Produced on July 22, 1890, in Boston, Rose Kennedy was the grande dame of modern American politics, seeing three of her kids locate great success. Achievement came with even more disaster for Kennedy, as she lost two kids in the 1940s and sons John and Bobby were assassinated in the 1960s.
She led an amazing life one marked by both exuberance and misery and was a witness to over a century’s worth of U.S. history. Stately and brave in the face of difficulty, Kennedy put a string of personal disasters with unusual composure and unshakable beliefs. As the matriarch of the Kennedy family, she saw three of her sons get election to public office and two of them perish in the hands of assassins.
Kennedy’s steely dedication and enduring belief in God made her the embodiment of the Irish Catholic tradition in America. A lively activist, a successful campaigner, as well as a committed fundraiser particularly for charities helping the mentally disabled she stood as a sign of Democratic politics at its finest. But Kennedy is probably most remembered for her unswerving dedication to her family. As her son John, the country ‘s first Catholic president, once put it, she functioned as “the glue that…consistently held the family together.”