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Kathleen Agnes "Kick" Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington (February 20, 1920 – May 13, 1948), born Kathleen Agnes Kennedy, was the fourth child and second daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. was a prominent American businessman, investor, and government official....

 and Rose Kennedy. She was a sister of future U.S. President
President of the United States
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 John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy , often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963....

 and widow of the heir to the Dukedom of Devonshire
Duke of Devonshire
Duke of Devonshire is a title in the peerage of England held by members of the Cavendish family. This branch of the Cavendish family has been one of the richest and most influential aristocratic families in England since the 16th century, and have been rivalled in political influence perhaps only...



When President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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 appointed Joseph Kennedy ambassador to the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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, his daughter Kathleen (nicknamed "Kick" by her family) spent a year and a half living in London
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. She was educated in London at Queen's College
Queen's College, London
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Kennedy worked at Cissy Patterson
Cissy Patterson
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's newspaper, the Washington Times-Herald
Washington Times-Herald
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 in 1940, writing a column titled, "Did you happen to see . . . ?". In 1943, she returned to England to work in a centre for servicemen set up by the Red Cross. Despite the opposition of her Catholic
Roman Catholic Church
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 mother, Kennedy married William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, an Anglican and the eldest son and heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire
Edward Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire
Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire, KG, MBE, TD , known as Marquess of Hartington , was the head of the Devonshire branch of the Cavendish family...

, on May 6, 1944. Her eldest brother Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Jr. was an American bomber pilot during World War II. He was the eldest of nine children born to Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Elizabeth Kennedy....

 was the only member of the Kennedy family to attend the ceremony. Four months after their marriage, her husband was killed in action while serving in World War II
World War II
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. Her husband's younger brother Lord Andrew Cavendish
Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire
Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire KG, MC, PC , styled Lord Andrew Cavendish until 1944 and Marquess of Hartington from 1944 to 1950, was a British Conservative politician...

, married to Deborah Mitford
Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire DCVO , née The Hon. Deborah Freeman-Mitford is the youngest and last surviving of the six noted Mitford sisters whose political affiliations and marriages were a prominent feature of English culture in the 1930s and 1940s...

 of the famous Mitford sisters
Mitford family
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, became the heir to the dukedom.

Popular on the London social circuit and admired by many for her high spirits, Cavendish eventually became romantically involved with Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam
Peter Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 8th Earl FitzWilliam
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. The couple planned to wed after Fitzwilliam's divorce, however, while on a trip to the south of France, Fitzwilliam and Cavendish were killed as the result of an airplane crash in Saint-Bauzile, Ardèche
Saint-Bauzile, Ardèche
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, France
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Only Cavendish's father represented the Kennedy-Cavendish family at her funeral. Her mother did not attend and, allegedly, discouraged Cavendish's siblings from attending as well.

Kathleen Cavendish is buried in the Cavendish family plot at Saint Peter's Church in Edensor
Edensor is a village in Derbyshire, England. It is the closest village to Chatsworth House and much of it belongs to the Dukes of Devonshire. Originally the village was close to the River Derwent immediately below Chatsworth, but the Dukes had it moved out of sight over a hill, apart from one...

, England
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, near Chatsworth
Chatsworth, Derbyshire
Chatsworth is a civil parish in Derbyshire, England, within the area of the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park.The population is largely in and around Chatsworth House and is considered to be too low to justify a parish council...

 in Derbyshire
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. The gymnasium at Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College
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 is named in her honor.

Titles from birth

  • Miss Kathleen Kennedy (1920–1944)
  • Marchioness of Hartington (May 1944–September 1944)
  • Dowager Marchioness of Hartington (September 1944–1948)

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