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John Kennedy Jr. Secretly Married on Georgia Island

September 23, 1996| From Associated Press

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. — John John is the nation's No. 1 bachelor no more. John F. Kennedy Jr. tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Carolyn Bessette in a top-secret weekend ceremony on a secluded island.

Years of gossip about the 35-year-old son of President Kennedy ended with a private wedding Saturday on this island that was once the Carnegie family's vacation home.

"My cousin John did tie the knot yesterday," Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) confirmed Sunday morning at a fund-raiser for congressional candidate Robert Burch in Steubenville, Ohio. Although he gave no details, his spokesman confirmed the bride was Bessette.

Camden County Probate Judge Martin Gillette said his office issued a marriage license to the couple Thursday.

Kennedy, co-founder and editor of George magazine, has been romantically linked for about five years to Bessette, a Connecticut native who until last spring worked in public relations for Calvin Klein Ltd.

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