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JFK Marries Jacqueline Bouvier (1953)

JFK Marries Jacqueline Bouvier (1953)

John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were officially introduced by a mutual friend, Charles L. Bartlett, in May of 1952 at a dinner party. At the time of their meeting, Bouvier was working as a journalist for The Washington Times-Herald and Kennedy already had designs on a political career. They had chemistry instantly and shared a love of reading, international travel and writing. They married in 1953 in what was classed as the social event of the season, with 1,200 guests attending the reception. They married in Newport, Rhode Island and Bouvier’s wedding dress was designed by the American designer Anne Lowe. When the ceremony was over, the couple went to Apucoco, Mexico for their honeymoon – sparking a love for Mexican culture that would follow Bouvier throughout her life. In 1960, JFK announced that he would be running for the presidency, eventually winning the election, at the same time cementing Jacqueline’s status as a modern American style icon.

Learn more about these iconic figures in American history with our activities!

Activity Ideas:

  • Have fun with this ‘name-that-state’ game – here 
  • Print out and enjoy our Wedding Reminiscence Activity Pack – here 
  • Have a go at our American President word search – here
  • Print off and enjoy our American-themed Activity Book – here