Throughout the generations, the Kennedys continue to hold positions of importance in American history.
The Kennedys: John F. Kennedy, left, Jean Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Patricia Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy, and Edward “Ted” M. Kennedy in Hyannis Port, Mass., in 1948. Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose life was marked by triumph and tragedy as he evolved from a dubious choice for high office into one of the most influential senators in U.S. history, died at the age of 77 on Aug. 25, 2009.
U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, with their seven children at the time (Ethel was expecting their eighth a few months after this photo was taken). The boys, from left, are Robert Jr., 8; David, 7; Michael, 4; and Joe, 10. The girls, from left, are Kathleen, 11; Kerry, 3; and Mary Courtney, 6. (Feb. 10, 1963)
At the September 1962 birthday party for Joseph Kennedy, at Hyannis Port, Mass.: Standing, back left: Ethel Skakel Kennedy, Edward Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, President John F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Kneeling/seated, center: Stephen Smith, Jacqueline Kennedy (holding John F. Kennedy Jr.), Joseph Kennedy, Anne Gargan, Robert Kennedy. Back right: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy, Joan Bennett Kennedy. Kennedy, Shriver, and Smith children in foreground. (September 1962)
U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in his Department of Justice office in Washington, where he was hosting underprivileged children. He watches 4-year-old daughter Mary Kerry while his wife, Ethel, is at left. Colleen Kollar, an office secretary who helped out at the party, is at right. (Dec. 20, 1963)
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy stands before delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J. The senator gestures to calm the roaring ovation the crowd gave him when he rose to introduce a film depicting events during the presidency of his brother, John F. Kennedy. (Aug. 28, 1964)
Robert Kennedy answers reporters' questions at the Kennedy estate in Glen Cove. (Sept. 7, 1964)
Attorney General Robert Kennedy with his wife, Ethel, and two of their children — Michael, 5, and Kerry, 4 — walk across a windswept strip at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington before leaving for Tokyo. (Nov. 5, 1964)
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is besieged by reporters after entering the Summit Hotel in New York. (Sept. 14, 1965)
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) sings a few bars of “Silent Night” as his sister-in-law, Jacqueline Kennedy, peers at him and chuckles on one of their stops during a round of Christmas parties in the low-income Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. At left, Sen. Kennedy's children Kerry, 6, and Michael, 7, join their father in song. (Dec. 18, 1965)
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) and his wife, Ethel, with eight of their nine children on the lawn of their home in McLean, Va. From right are Kathleen, Joseph, Robert Jr., David, Mary Courtney, Michael, Kerry and Christopher. (Oct. 15, 1966)
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy with wife, Ethel, and children Bobby Jr., 13, left, and Kerry, 7, stand at the Rainbow Bridge, a 300-foot natural wonder near Lake Powell, Ariz., during a trip along the Colorado River. (July 1967)
Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.) and his wife, Ethel, outside St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean, Va., with eight of their 10 children after attending Easter services. The children, from left, are: Michael, David, Robert, Joseph, Kathleen, Matthew, Christopher and Mary Kerry. Mary Courtney and Douglas are not present. (April 14, 1968)
Sen. Robert Kennedy, running for the Democratic nomination for president, campaigns for California's crucial June 4 primary at the Los Angeles Farmers Market. (May 21, 1968).
Members of the Kennedy family place flowers on the grave of Robert F. Kennedy on June 6, 1974, in Arlington National Cemetery on the sixth anniversary of his death. Kneeling, from left, are Kerry, Rory Elizabeth, Matthew, Patrick and Christopher. Standing, from left, are Lemoyne Billings, a family friend; Ethel Kennedy; Robert's widow; Joan Kennedy, Edward's wife; David; and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Kerry Kennedy, left, Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Ethel Kennedy listen to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's State of the State address at the Capitol in Albany. In his speech, Spitzer proposed renaming the Triborough Bridge connecting Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. (Jan. 9, 2008)
From left, Mariah, 17, with her sisters Michaela, 15, Cara, 17, and their mother Kerry Kennedy this summer. (July 2, 2012)