Caroline Kennedy

Born:November 27, 1957 (age 66)
Career:U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 2013-2017
Education:B.A. Harvard University; J.D. Columbia University

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an author, attorney and diplomat who served as the United States ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. She is the daughter of the President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Kennedy was born November 27, 1957, in New York City. When Caroline was three years old, her father was sworn in as president of the United States. She was just short of her sixth birthday when her father was assassinated on November 22, 1963. In 1980, Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College, and in 1988 earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. After graduating, she was hired as a research assistant in the Film and Television Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Kennedy has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, and is president of the Kennedy Library Foundation.

In the 2000 presidential election, Kennedy supported Al Gore for the presidency and spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. In the 2008 presidential election, she endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama for president, addressing the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Although initially interested in in being appointed to Hillary Clinton's vacant Senate seat after Clinton was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state, Kennedy withdrew from consideration for personal reasons. In 2013, President Obama appointed Kennedy as the United States ambassador to Japan. Kennedy resigned as the ambassador to Japan shortly before Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States. She formally left Japan as ambassador on January 18, 2017.


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