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Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington (February 20, 1920 - May 13, 1948),       
born Kathleen Agnes Kennedy, was the second daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.           
and a sister of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and widow of the heir to the             
Devonshire dukedom.                                                                     
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Joseph Kennedy ambassador to the         
Court of St. James's, his daughter Kathleen spent a year and a half living in           
London. Beautiful and spirited, she was named the "most exciting debutante of           
1938." In 1943 she returned to England to work in a center for servicemen set up         
by the Red Cross. Despite the opposition of her intensely Catholic mother, Rose         
Fitzgerald Kennedy, on May 6, 1944, Kathleen Kennedy, known to                           
friends as "Kick", married William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, a                 
Protestant and the eldest son and heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire. Other             
than her brother Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., no one from the Kennedy family attended         
the marriage ceremony. Her husband was killed only four months later by a German         
sniper in World War II and his younger brother Andrew Cavendish, married to             
Deborah Mitford, became heir to the dukedom.                                             
Popular on the London social circuit and admired by many for her high spirits           
though more traditional members of British society found fault with her                 
boisterousness  the dashing young widow eventually became the mistress of Peter         
Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 8th Earl FitzWilliam. The couple planned to wed after             
Fitzwilliam's planned divorce. Instead, while on a trip to visit Joseph Kennedy         
Sr. and gain his blessing for their relationship, Lord Fitzwilliam and Lady             
Hartington died in an airplane crash over Sainte-Bauzille, Ard├Ęche, France.             
Only her father represented the Kennedy family at her funeral. Her mother, Rose,         
declined to attend because of Kathleen's intention to marry outside the Catholic         
church. It is said that Rose Kennedy also discouraged Kathleen's siblings from           
attending for the same reason[citation needed]. Rose apparently forgave Kathleen         
not long thereafter, and in 1951, was delighted that her first grandchild,               
Robert F. Kennedy's daughter, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy, was named after her           
late daughter; however, the family requested that the child not be nicknamed             
The Marchioness of Hartington is buried in the Cavendish family plot at Saint           
Peter's Church, Edensor, near Chatsworth in Derbyshire. Among the wreaths that           
covered her coffin was one with a handwritten note from Winston Churchill.               
The gymnasium at Manhattanville College is named in her honor.