John F. Kennedy

By: Jasmine Cox

About JFK

He was Elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States, 43-year-old John F. Kennedy became the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic to hold that office.He was born into one of America’s wealthiest families and parlayed an elite education and a reputation as a military hero into a successful run for Congress in 1946 and for the Senate in 1952. As JFK confronted the cold war tensions in Cuba and elsewhere, On November 22 1963 in Dallas Texas he was assassinated this sent shock waves around the world and turned all the too human Kennedy into a large heroic figure. To this day historians continue to rank him among the best loved presidents in american history.

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Facts about JFK

  • One of JFK's legs was shorter than the other, which contributed to his chronic back problems.
  • Kennedy used 16 pens to sign the Limited Test Ban Treaty Sept. 24, 1963.
  • Kennedy gave all his $100,000-a-year White House salary to charity.
  • Kennedy was the only U.S. president whose grandmother lived longer than he did.
  • Obsessed with his weight, JFK traveled with a bathroom scale.
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Making connections

  • JFK was assassinated and so was president Abraham Lincoln and they were both killed by a gun shot
  • American foreign policy after World War II was based on the goal of containing Communism and the assumptions of the so-called domino theory if one country fell to Communism
  • After World War II, the French tried to re-establish colonial control over a region known as French Indochina—today the countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. JFK helped with the war
  • William westmoreland helped the us army during the Vietnam and JFK was president during this time and also helped.