Kennedy, Caroline, 1957-

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Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (born November 27, 1957) is an American author, attorney, and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. She is a prominent member of the Kennedy family and the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Kennedy was five days shy of her sixth birthday when her father was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The following year, Caroline, her mother, and brother John F. Kennedy Jr. settled on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she attended school. Kennedy graduated from Radcliffe College and worked at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she met her future husband, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg. She went on to receive a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. Most of Kennedy's professional life has spanned law and politics, as well as education reform and charitable work. She has also acted as a spokesperson for her family's legacy and co-authored two books with Ellen Aldermanon on civil liberties.

Early in the primary race for the 2008 presidential election, Kennedy and her uncle Ted endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama; she later stumped for him in Florida, Indiana, and Ohio, served as co-chair of his Vice Presidential Search Committee, and addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

After Obama selected United States Senator Hillary Clinton to serve as Secretary of State, Kennedy expressed interest in being appointed to Clinton's vacant Senate seat from New York, but she later withdrew from consideration, citing "personal reasons." Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand ultimately replaced Clinton as the junior New York Senator. In 2013, President Obama appointed Kennedy as the United States Ambassador to Japan. She served in that role from November 2013 until January 2017.

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referencedIn Black Star Photograph Collection. 1960 - 1963. Photographs
referencedIn [Caroline Kennedy : Australian Art and Artists file]. Libraries Australia
contributorOf Hammersmith Farm Guest Book, 9/1961 - 10/15/2008 John F. Kennedy Library
referencedIn Rodgers, Dorothy F., 1909-. Papers, 1922-1987 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
contributorOf John F. Kennedy Personal Papers. 1917 - 1963. John F. Kennedy Personal Papers: Doodles
referencedIn White House Staff Member and Office Files (Nixon Administration). 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974. President's Personal Files Richard Nixon Library
contributorOf Hugh Auchincloss III Papers. 1942 - 1997. Correspondence John F. Kennedy Library
referencedIn Presidential Papers of John F. Kennedy. 1961 - 1963. White House Central Files
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Movietone News, Vol. 44, No. 86
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. MOVIETONE NEWS
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Movietone News, Vol. 45. No. 70
referencedIn Gerald and Betty Ford Special Materials, 1841 - 2007. Gerald R. Ford Special Letters, 1956 - 2006 Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn John F. Kennedy Library Museum Collection, 1964 - 2008. Public Gifts, 1965 - 2008 John F Kennedy Presidential Library
referencedIn Papers, 1922-1987 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Movietone News, Vol. 45, No. 69
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. Funeral service for President John F. Kennedy, Washington, D.C.
referencedIn Astronauts: John Glenn, March 1962: 4-20 John F. Kennedy Library
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Movietone News, Vol. 45 No. 6
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Movietone News, Vol. 45, No. 38
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grandchildOf Bouvier, John Vernou, 1891-1957 person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Columbia University. School of Law. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Concord Academy (Concord, Mass.) corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Convent of the Sacred Heart (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dorothy (Feiner) Rodgers, 1909- person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith John F Kennedy Presidential Library corporateBody
nieceOrNephewOf Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-2009 person
childOf Kennedy John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
sibling of Kennedy, John F. Jr., 1960-1999 person
grandchildOf Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969 person
nieceOrNephewOf Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 person
grandchildOf Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald, 1890-1995. person
employeeOf Metropolitan museum of art New York, N.Y. corporateBody
employeeOf New York City Department of Education corporateBody
relativeOf Onassis, Aristotle, 1906-1975 person
childOf Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994 person
nieceOrNephewOf Radziwill, Lee Bouvier, 1933- person
associatedWith Rodgers, Dorothy F., 1909- person
spouseOf Schlossberg, Edwin person
associatedWith Zorina, Vera. person
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