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 Images THE BOYS OF HYANNISPORT Bettmann/Bettmann Archive TOTS AT THE ZOO, 1938 Bettmann/Bettmann Archive YOUTH SUMMIT, 1939 Bert Morgan/Getty Images TENNIS IN FLORIDA, 1941 Bettmann/Bettmann Archive HORSEBACK, 1938 Bettmann/Bettmann Archive TRUSTED ADVISER Historical/Corbis via Getty Images ALL-AMERICAN, 1948 Bettmann/Bettmann Archive CADET, 1943 Bettmann/Bettmann Archive AS A GRANDSON, 1939 Leonard McCombe/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images TOUCH FOOTBALL, 1961
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