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Janet Auchincloss Rutherfurd

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Janet Auchincloss Rutherfurd
Born(1945-06-13)June 13, 1945
DiedMarch 13, 1985(1985-03-13) (aged 39)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of deathCancer
EducationPotomac School
Miss Porter's School
Sarah Lawrence College
Spouse(s)Lewis Polk Rutherfurd
(m. 1966)
Parent(s)Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr.
Janet Norton Lee

Janet Jennings Auchincloss Rutherfurd (June 13, 1945 – March 13, 1985) was an American socialite. She was the half-sister of the former First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and socialite Lee Radziwill.

Early life

Janet was the daughter of stockbroker Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. (1897–1976) and socialite Janet Auchincloss (1907–1989). Her younger brother is James Lee Auchincloss (born 1947). In addition to elder half-sisters Jackie (1929 – 1994) and Lee (born 1933), from her mother's first marriage to stockbroker John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III, she had three elder half-siblings from her father's previous marriages: Hugh III (born 1927), Nina Auchincloss (born 1937),[1] and Thomas Auchincloss (born 1937).

Janet Auchincloss made her debut in 1963. She studied at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, and Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, the alma mater of her half-sisters Jacqueline and Lee. She went on to study music history at Sarah Lawrence College. She briefly dated future Secretary of State John Kerry.

Personal life

On July 30, 1966, she married Lewis Polk Rutherfurd, a recent graduate of Princeton University and future financier. Lewis was the son of Winthrop Rutherfurd of New York and Fishers Island,[2] the grandson of Frank L. Polk, Under Secretary of State in Woodrow Wilson's cabinet, and the great-grandson of Levi P. Morton, the former Governor of New York and Vice-President of the United States under Benjamin Harrison.[3] The couple moved to Hong Kong, where she later founded an overseas chapter of the League of Women Voters. They had three children:

  • Lewis Stuyvesant Rutherfurd
  • Andrew Hugh Auchincloss Rutherfurd
  • Alexandra Rutherfurd

Janet died of cancer at the age of 39 in a Boston hospital on March 13, 1985, with her half-sister Jackie by her side. Her husband later married Katharine duPont Sanger (grand-daughter of Lammot du Pont II) on June 10, 1989.[2]

See also


  1. ^ The Kennedy White House: Family Life and Pictures, 1961-1963 By Carl Sferrazza Anthony, page 149
  2. ^ a b Staff (June 11, 1989). "Katharine duPont Sanger Marries Lewis Rutherfurd". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Staff (May 9, 1966). "Janet Jennings Auchincloss Betrothed". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  • "Janet Jennings Auchincloss Wed to Lewis P. Rutherfurd; Half-Sister of Mrs. Kennedy Is Married at St. Mary's Church in Newport Reception at Family Estate to Held for 600", New York Times, July 31, 1966
  • "Janet Rutherfurd Dies at 39; Half-Sister of Mrs. Onassis", New York Times, March 21, 1985
  • "Katharine duPont Sanger Marries Lewis Rutherfurd", New York Times, June 11, 1989
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