November 28, 1983 12:00 PM

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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