The future icon as a boy and budding public servant.
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Published June 6, 2018
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So many of the most well-known photos of Robert F. Kennedy show him in his professional years as attorney general, as a U.S. senator, and as a presidential candidate. But what about the time before then, when he was a boy growing up a scion of a politically ambitious Massachusetts clan that had not yet become the most famous last name in American politics? Here, a look at the young Bobby with his iconic American family. Pictured: Robert with his sisters, Eunice and Kathleen, and his mother, Rose.
Historical/Corbis via Getty ImagesTHE BOYS OF HYANNISPORTThe most famous Kennedys lined up as teenagers in their birth order: John, Bobby, Ted.
Bettmann/Bettmann ArchiveTOTS AT THE ZOO, 1938Bobby watches over his brother Ted playing with a baby elephant at the London Zoo, during the time their father was U.S. ambassador to England.Bettmann/Bettmann ArchiveYOUTH SUMMIT, 1939At a garden party hosted by his father at the American embassy in London, Bobby (left) and a school friend very politely eat strawberries and cream.Bert Morgan/Getty ImagesTENNIS IN FLORIDA, 1941Bobby (second from left) with siblings Eunice, Ted, and Jean.
Bettmann/Bettmann ArchiveHORSEBACK, 1938Kathleen and Bobby, out for a ride.Bettmann/Bettmann ArchiveTRUSTED ADVISERThe future United States president and his attorney general confer on a balcony in London.
Historical/Corbis via Getty ImagesALL-AMERICAN, 1948Thanksgiving with the Kennedys in Hyannisport. (Bobby is pictured second from right.)Bettmann/Bettmann ArchiveCADET, 1943With his father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., looking on, Bobby is sworn in as a naval aviation cadet.Bettmann/Bettmann ArchiveAS A GRANDSON, 1939With sisters Kathleen and Eunice, Bobby celebrates the 50th wedding anniversary of his maternal grandparents.
Leonard McCombe/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesTOUCH FOOTBALL, 1961Bobby accomplished so much over his lifetime that it's startling to remember just how young he was when he died — just 42, younger even than John had been at the time of his assassination. But here, in a treasured time before all that, 36-year-old Bobby plays touch football with his wife, Ethel.