After earning the title “debutante of the year,” Jackie studied at Vassar, the Sorbonne and George Washington University. Her education was followed by employment as the Washington Times-Herald’s “Inquiring Camera Girl.” It was in this capacity in May 1951 that she first met Senator John F. Kennedy from Massachusetts, considered to be Washington’s most eligible bachelor. They were engaged in June 1953 and the wedding three months later marked the beginning of the public’s fascination with the couple.
Jackie with her father John Vernou Bouvier III
The year 1957 was one of highs and lows for the Kennedys. JFK’s book, Profiles in Courage, won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize and following a devastating miscarriage in August, 1956, their first child, Caroline, was born in November. That same year, in August, the future first lady lost her father, John Vernou “Black Jack” Bouvier III (1891-1957), for whom she was named. A wealthy stockbroker and playboy, Bouvier had divorced Jackie’s mother in 1940, but remained close to his daughters who adored him and emulated his stylish ways.
The recipient of our letter was an heiress, philanthropist and prominent member of society who divided her time between homes in the United State and France. Her second husband, Hugh J. Chisholm Jr., was a poet and translator.
Our letter, printed in Jackie’s neat hand, is in excellent condition.