Ethel Skakel Kennedy

American human-rights campaigner and spouse of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Ethel Skakel (born April 11, 1928) is an American activist and politician. She is the widow of Robert F. Kennedy. Her son is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr..

Kennedy in c. 1968

Skakel was born on April 11, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. She studied at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in 1945.

Skakel meet Robert while he was dating her sister. On June 17, 1950 Robert and Ethel married in Greenwich, Connecticut. They had eleven children. Two of their children died.

Skakel supported Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign.[1]


  1. "Ethel Kennedy Endorses Barack Obama". 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-02-02.

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