A Georgetown Romance: Bright Early Days in the Life of the Young Senator and His Bride

updated 11/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

He was a debonair politician who at 36 in 1954 had already been a three-term Massachusetts Congressman and been elected the state's junior Senator. She was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, who had married him the year before. Together, breathlessly young in the idyll before their children arrived, they were the toast of Georgetown. Their first home became a kind of salon for the capital's best and brightest. At its center stood the couple who, even while posing a bit stiffly for photographers, incarnated the spirit that later became the Kennedy style.

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