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Superb Archive Related to John F. Kennedy’s Parents

[JOHN F. KENNEDY.] Archive of ten items, most signed by Kennedy’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., or his mother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1948-1977. Folds on letters; small holes in corner of one; otherwise very good.

Items and Excerpts
Two autographs by Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., one from October 1, 1952, and another on a card advertising handwriting analyst Lance Francis of Pittsburgh.

A photograph of the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., a Gearing-class destroyer launched in 1945 and named for the Kennedys’ oldest son Joseph, a naval aviator who died in 1944 off the coast of the United Kingdom during an experiment on remote-controlled aircraft laden with explosives.

First Day Cover for Gold Star Mothers postage stamp, September 21, 1948, signed by Rose F. Kennedy.
Gold Star Mothers were those who had lost a child in service in the United States armed forces.

First Day Cover for John F. Kennedy memorial postage stamp, May 29, 1964, signed by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Memorial card with photograph of John F. Kennedy and signature of Rose F. Kennedy, ca. 1963-1964.

Two additional signatures of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, one on a photograph of an ocean liner, and the other with the inscription, “Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas.”

Rose F. Kennedy, Typed Letter Signed, to Stewart Richardson, January 5, 1972: “Thank you for your letter and your helpful suggestions regarding the book. I can assure you now that any advice you give me at any time will be most welcome. I often ask the children and my friends about the reaction of the audience when I speak, and I have the same attitude about the book. I would like to know what you think the public would like to hear because you have had experience and your suggestions may be quite different from what I have in mind.
In 1974, Kennedy published her autobiography, Times to Remember, with Doubleday and Company, of which Richardson served as Executive Editor.

Rose F. Kennedy, typed draft signed of letter to Marie Crimmins, June 8, 1977, with corrections and additions by Rose F. Kennedy: “May I extend to you and your brothers my heartfelt sympathy and my fervent prayers on the passing of your beloved brother, Jack.” In Kennedy’s hand: “His devotion to my grandchildren moved me deeply & my grandchildren always spoke of him with deep affection & his devotion to them moved us all deeply.

Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. (1888-1969) was born into a political family in Massachusetts and made a large fortune as a stock market and commodity investor. In 1914, he married Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, and they had nine children between 1915 and 1932. He was a leading member of the Democratic Party and of the Irish Catholic community. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Kennedy to be the first chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a position he held from 1934 to 1935. From 1937 to 1938, he led the newly created U.S. Maritime Commission. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1938 to late 1940. After the outbreak of World War II, Kennedy was skeptical of Great Britain’s ability to survive the attacks of Nazi Germany. In the wake of this controversy, Kennedy resigned his position. He was involved in the political careers of his sons, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Ted Kennedy.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890-1995) was born in Boston, the daughter of John F. Fitzgerald, later the mayor of the city for two terms and a Congressman from Massachusetts. She studied at a convent school in the Netherlands and graduated from high school in Massachusetts in 1906. She attended the New England Conservatory in Boston and at the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan. She married Joseph P. Kennedy in 1914, and they had nine children together. A strict Catholic, she faithfully attended Mass and raised her children in the Catholic faith. In 1951, Pope Pius XII granted Kennedy the title of countess in recognition of her “exemplary motherhood and many charitable works.” She was also a lifelong autograph collector. She suffered a stroke in 1984 and had to use a wheelchair for the remainder of her life.

From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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