Ted Kennedy was a United States senator who made history in the country as a result of his long service in office. He served as a member of the senate for close to five decades, thereby becoming the second most senior US senator at the time of his demise. Ted was not only known for his political achievements but was also famous as a result of his family background and the political achievements of his children. Learn more about Ted Kennedy’s children and siblings at the time of his demise.
Did Ted Kennedy Have Children?
The prominently recognized political figure met his first wife, Virginia Joan Kennedy who is a musician, author, and former model through one of his sisters, Joan. The couple tied the knot in a small family wedding held on 29th November 1958 in Bronxville, New York. Together, they had four children namely; Kara Kennedy (born in 1960), Edward M. Kennedy Jr. (born in 1961), stillborn son born in 1964 and Patrick J. Kennedy (born in 1967).
After 20 years of marriage, the pair got separated in 1978 as a result of Ted’s extramarital affairs and Joan’s alcoholism, before announcing their plans to divorce in 1981. Then in 1983, their divorce was finalized. Ted Kennedy then exchanged vows for the second time with Victoria Reggie, an American lawyer on 3rd July 1992 following their engagement in March of the same year. The pair remained married until the death of the US senator on 25th August 2009 from a malignant brain tumor. The marriage didn’t produce any child.
What are Ted Kennedy’s Children Doing Now?
Kara Anne Kennedy was the eldest of Ted Kennedy’s children. She was born in Bronxville, New York, United States on 27th February 1960 and died on 16th September 2011. In her lifetime, she worked as a filmmaker and television producer of WBZ-TV program titled, Evening Magazine. She also produced films for VSA (Kennedy Center), an international organization on arts, education, and disability founded by Joan Kennedy Smith. She had two children, a son called Max Greathouse and a daughter, Grace Kennedy Allen from her failed marriage with Michael Allen – an architect and real estate developer.
Another of Ted Kennedy’s children is Edward Moore Kennedy Jr. who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the United States on 26th September 1961. He is a known attorney and politician who previously represented Connecticut’s 12th Senate District between 2015 and 2019. He currently works as a partner of one of the largest health care law firm in the United States, Epstein Becker & Green, P. C., which is also one of the top employment law firms in the country by a number of lawyers. He shares two children, a daughter named Kiley Rose and son; Edward Moore Kennedy III with his wife, Katherine Anne Gershman.
Patrick Joseph Kennedy II is the last of Ted Kennedy’s children. He was born on 14th July 1967 in Brighton, Massachusetts, United States. He is a known political figure and mental health advocate. He represented Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2011. He serves as the founder of Kennedy Forum and a co-founder of One Mind. He has four children – Owen Patrick, Nora Kara, Neil Francis and Marshall Patrick Kennedy, together with his wife, Amy Savell.
Did He Have Siblings at The Time of His Death?
At the time of his demise, Ted Kennedy had only one surviving sibling out of his eight siblings. Among his siblings was the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy who was assassinated in November 1963 and the 64th US Attorney General, Robert Francis Kennedy who was also assassinated in June 1968. Aside from Jean Kennedy Smith who outlived her brother, Ted, the rest of his siblings died before him and they include, Eunice Shriver, Rosemary, Patricia Lawford, Kathleen Cavendish; Marchioness of Hartington and Joseph Kennedy.
Jean who was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 20th February 1928 is an activist, author, diplomat and humanitarian. From 1993 to 1997 she served as the United States Ambassador to Ireland. She is the founder of Very Special Arts (VSA) and was bestowed with the highest civilian honor in the US, The Presidential Medal of Freedom by former US president, Barrack Obama in 2011.