Excerpts from "the first rough draft of history" as reported in The Washington Post on this date in the 20th century.

The endless fascination the public and press have had for the Kennedys began well before Jack and Jackie entered the White House in 1961. Their marriage made The Post's front page on Sept. 13, 1953. An excerpt:

United States Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and dark-haired Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, former Washington newspaperwoman, were married today in old St. Mary's Church in one of the most lavish weddings Newport has seen in recent years.

Social, political and business leaders packed the little church, which seats only 600, and an estimated 3000 to 4000 persons were jammed around the church lawn and on the street.

The Most Rev. Richard J. Cushing, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, performed the wedding ceremony and celebrated the nuptial mass.

Roadways were blocked off in the vicinity of the church and room was left only for the passage of guests.

The bride had 12 attendants, including her sister, Mrs. Michael T. Canfield of New York, who was maid of honor. There were nine bridesmaids, a flower girl and a page.

The best man was the bridegroom's brother, Attorney Robert F. Kennedy, recently associated with Sen. Joseph F. McCarthy's Senate Investigating Committee ...

The 24-year-old bride wore an ivory silk taffeta gown with a portrait neckline, tight-fitting bodice and full skirt. An heirloom veil of rosepoint lace formed the train.

She wore a headdress of lace and orange blossoms and carried a bouquet of pink and white spray orchids and gardenias ...

Among the ushers was a brother of the bridegroom, Edward Kennedy, Hyannis Port, Mass., and a brother-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver, jr., of Chicago.

The bride is the daughter of John V. Bouvier, 3rd, a New York stockbroker, and Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss, of Hammersmith Farm, Newport. She studied at Vassar and the Sorbonne, and was graduated from George Washington University.

She made her debut at a dance in Newport in 1948. A talented artist, she worked until recently as an "inquiring camera girl" for a Washington newspaper. She was assigned to draw sketches of President Eisenhower's inauguration for the paper.

Kennedy, 36, is the son of Joseph P. Kennedy, financier and philanthropist and former United States Ambassador to Great Britain. He is the grandson of the late Mayor John F. Fitzgerald of Boston and the late Massachusetts Sen. Patrick J. Kennedy.

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