John Kennedy suffered from Addison's Disease and from chronic and at times debilitating back pain due to a war injury; in late 1954, he underwent two near-fatal spinal operations.They traveled together during the campaign, trying to narrow the geographical gap between them that had persisted for the first five years of the marriage.Bouvier interviewed Tricia a few days after her father Richard Nixon was elected to the vice presidency in the 1952 election. After only a month of dating, the couple published the announcement in The New York Times in January 1952. Bouvier took some time to accept, because she had been assigned to cover the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in London for The Washington Times-Herald.During this time, Bouvier was also briefly engaged to a young stockbroker, John G. After a month in Europe, she returned to the United States and accepted Kennedy's marriage proposal.Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.Bouvier was the elder daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Lee Bouvier. In November of that year, he was elected as a United States Senator from Massachusetts, and the couple married in 1953.Bouvier moved back to Merrywood and was hired as a part-time receptionist at the Washington Times-Herald.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28, 1929, at Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York, to Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III (1891–1957) and socialite Janet Norton Lee (1907–1989).She then resigned from her position at the newspaper.In the early years of their marriage, the couple faced several personal setbacks.The position required her to pose witty questions to individuals chosen at random on the street and take their pictures for publication in the newspaper alongside selected quotations from their responses.In addition to the random "man on the street" vignettes, she sometimes sought interviews with people of interest, such as six-year-old Tricia Nixon. Senate; the relationship grew more serious and he proposed to her after the November election.Soon enough, John Kennedy started to notice the value that his wife added to his congressional campaign.Kenneth O'Donnell remembered that "the size of the crowd was twice as big" when she accompanied her husband; he also recalled her as "always cheerful and obliging".John's mother Rose observed Jacqueline as not being "a natural-born campaigner" due to her shyness and being uncomfortable with too much attention.In November 1958, John Kennedy was reelected to a second term.In 1951, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from George Washington University and went on to work for the Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy.As First Lady, she was known for her highly publicized restoration of the White House and her emphasis on arts and culture.