What is Jean Kennedy Smith known for?


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Jean Kennedy Smith is known for her work as an American diplomat and for serving as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998. She is also known for being part of the Kennedy family, and is the second-youngest child born to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

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She is the sister of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy and former Senator Ted Kennedy. Smith worked on her brother John's 1946 House campaign, 1952 Senate campaign and 1960 presidential campaign.

Smith also founded Very Special Arts, an organization intended to help expose those with disabilities to the creative arts as a form of therapy. She won many awards throughout her lifetime, including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service from the American Institute for Public Service.

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