29 Lovely Photos of Jacqueline Kennedy When She Was a Child

Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier, July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was an American socialite, writer, photographer, and book editor who served as first lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963, as the wife of President John F. Kennedy. A popular first lady, she endeared the American public with her fashion sense, devotion to her family, and dedication to the historic preservation of the White House. During her lifetime, she was regarded as an international fashion icon.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from George Washington University in 1951, Bouvier started working for the Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer. The following year, she met then-Congressman John Kennedy at a dinner party in Washington. He was elected to the Senate that same year, and the couple married on September 12, 1953, in Newport, Rhode Island. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy. Following her husband’s election to the presidency in 1960, Kennedy was known for her highly publicized restoration of the White House and emphasis on arts and culture, as well as for her style. At age 31, she was the third-youngest first lady of the United States when her husband was inaugurated.

After the assassination and funeral of her husband in 1963, Kennedy and her children largely withdrew from public view. In 1968, she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, which caused controversy. Following Onassis’s death in 1975, she had a career as a book editor in New York City, first at Viking Press and then at Doubleday, and worked to restore her public image. Even after her death, she ranks as one of the most popular and recognizable first ladies in American history, and in 1999, she was listed as one of Gallup’s Most-Admired Men and Women of the 20th century. She died in 1994 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery alongside President Kennedy. (wikipedia)

As a child, Onassis was a bright, curious and occasionally mischievous child. One of her elementary school teachers described her as “a darling child, the prettiest little girl, very clever, very artistic, and full of the devil.”

Onassis enjoyed a privileged childhood of ballet lessons at the Metropolitan Opera House and French lessons beginning at age of 12. Like her mother, Onassis loved riding and was highly skilled on horseback. She won a national junior horsemanship competition at the age of 11 in 1940.

These adorable photos that show very young Jacqueline Bouvier when she was a child.

Jackie Bouvier with Hoochie a Scottish Terrier, often identified as the first she owned, 1932
Jackie with her mother Janet, circa 1932
Little Jacqueline Bouvier with her Scotty dog, Hootchie at Central Park in New York City at Christmas, circa 1932
Three years old Jacqueline Bouvier is photographed in a party dress, with her mother Janet Norton Lee, circa 1932
Jackie at the age of four with her mother Janet, August 1933
Jacqueline Kennedy at age four, circa 1933
Jacqueline Bouvier leading her pony, ‘Buddy,’ at the Southampton Riding and Hunt Club for the annual horse show,
Long Island, New York, August 1934
John Bouvier stands with his wife, Janet, and daughter the Sixth Annual Horse Show of the Southampton Riding and Hunt Club on Long Island, 1934
Young Jacqueline Bouvier standing by Caroline Lee Bouvier in baby carriage, 1934
A young Jacqueline Bouvier, shown with her mother Janet Lee Bouvier in 1935, wins third prize in the family class at the East Hampton Horse Show on New York’s Long Island
Jackie (left) at age 6 with Lee, Jan. 1st, 1935
Jackie and her sister Caroline Lee on a summer’s day in East Hampton, circa 1935
Jackie with her father John Vernou Bouvier at a Long Island horse show, 1935
Jacqueline Bouvier and her sister, Lee, frolic on the beach at East Hampton, NY, 1935
Jacqueline rides a horse led by her father John Vernon, 1935
Six-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier in 1935
Young Jackie on the South Fork, 1935
Jacqueline Bouvier and her friend Jane Renwick St John standing in a field at the Southampton Horse Show, Long Island, NY, 1937
Jacqueline Bouvier at the Smithtown Horse Show, Long Island, NY, 1937
Jackie in her riding habit, 1938
Jacqueline Bouvier, holding her dog, Tammy, during an Independence, July 4th 1938
10-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier sitting on a fence during Memorial Day celebrations at the Turf and Field Club, Belmont Park, Long Island, New York on May 30th, 1939
Jacqueline Bouvier seated with her dog Tammy at the dog show at East Hampton Fair, 1939
Jacqueline Bouvier wearing a Native American Indian outfit as she poses with a horse at East Hampton Riding Club in 1939
Jacqueline Bouvier, Mrs. Allan McLane Jr, and Jacqueline’s mother, Mrs. John V Bouvier III in the stands at
the Tuxedo Horse Show, 1939
Jacqueline on her horse, ‘Danseuse,’ during the Smithtown Horse Show in Smithtown, Long Island, New York, 2nd September 1939
Jacqueline Bouvier at age 11, 1940
Young Jackie wearing her riding gear at the East Hampton Horse Show, Long Island, New York, August 23rd, 1941
Jacqueline Bouvier attending Miss Chapin’s School in New York

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