Rosario Kennedy

Female, Person

1945 –


Who is Rosario Kennedy?

Rosario Kennedy was the first Cuban American woman on the City of Miami Commission, former Vice Mayor of the City of Miami and candidate for Florida's 18th congressional district in 1989 to replace Claude Pepper that was eventually won by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Kennedy was the daughter of Elicio Arguelles Menocal, a former senator of Cuba, and Micaela Freyre de Andrade y Valdes Pita. Both her father and grandfather were senators of Cuba and her great uncle was President of Cuba.

In 1960, when Kennedy was 14 she left Cuba going into exile. She graduated with a scholarship from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut. At 17, she married Gustavo Godoy Andrews, who would become news director at WLTV-Channel 23 in Miami. They would have three children, Gustavo, Maria del Rosario, and Michelle Godoy-Arguelles. By the time she was 25, Kennedy was divorced. She then became a real estate agent, ultimately being named in 1979, "Business Woman of the Year" by the international business magazine, Mundo Latino.

On November 4, 1978, Kennedy married former City of Miami Mayor, David T. Kennedy.

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Jun 14, 1945
Also known as
  • Rosario Arguelles y Freyre de Andrade

on July 23, 2013


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