Rose Marie “Rosemary” Kennedy (September 13, 1918 – January 7, 2005) was the first daughter born to Rose Fitzgerald and Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. She was born with intellectual disabilities, though this remained a family secret for decades due to stigma. She was the first sister of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Ted Kennedy. She underwent a prefrontal lobotomy at age 23, which left her permanently incapacitated.Read more
In 1928, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy & Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. purchased their Hyannis Port summer home, now known as the Kennedy Compound.
Located on the shore, less than three miles from Main Street Hyannis, it served as a getaway for the Kennedy family, including U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and U.S. Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy.
Because of the Kennedy Compound’s proximity to Main Street, many significant Kennedy events occurred in downtown Hyannis. The 1.6 mile Kennedy Legacy Trail explores the family’s rich history on Cape Cod, with stops at 10 important Kennedy sites in Hyannis.
#5. The Patriarch of the Kennedy Clan Straight-Up Mutilated the Brain of a Family Member
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. was notorious for having sky-high ambitions for his children, but Rosemary Kennedy proved a problem for him due to her relatively low IQ scores and rebellious attitude during puberty. These symptoms are generally known in medical circles as “being a goddamn teenager,” but Joseph saw them as potential for failure, especially as his daughter continued to suffer from mood swings and assertive behavior in her 20s. So Joseph decided to repair the immediate problem rather than repair himself as a freaking father.
Members of the Kennedy family attend an Oxford-Cambridge track meet in London, 1939. Front centre, Kathleen Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, right. Middle, centre, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Edward M. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy.