John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK)

An American politician who served as the 35th President

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Early life and family

I, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was second of the four children of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald. While my father was a banker, later serving as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Ambassador to Great Britain, my mother was a debutante.

Born in Brookline, I completed my preliminary education from various schools, before my family shifted base to New York. Mischievous and playful, I excelled in English and history - subjects I had profound interest in, but remained a mediocre student overall.

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Before Presidency

Abandoning plans to be a journalist, I left the Navy by the end of 1944. Less than a year later, I was back in Boston preparing for a run for Congress in 1946.

I entered the 80th Congress in January 1947, at the age of 29, and immediately attracted attention (as well as some criticism from older members of the Washington establishment) for my youthful appearance and relaxed, informal style.

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JFK During Presidency

Finally, On January 20, 1961, I was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. I became the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic in American history to win the presidency. Richard Nixon was my Republican opponent in 1960

Facts About JFK

Term35th President of the United States (1961 – 1963)

BornMay 29, 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts

Political PartyDemocrat

DiedNovember 22, 1963

Nickname “JFK,” “Jack”

Education Harvard (1940)

Religion Roman Catholic

Marriage September 12, 1953 to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929–1994)

ChildrenCaroline Bouvier (1957– ); John Fitzgerald, Jr. (1960–1999); Patrick Bouvier (1963)CareerAuthor, U.S. Navy Officer, Journalist, Public Official

BuriedArlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia


5 Events That Happened While JFK Was President

Berlin Wall Built

Peace Corps Founded

Soviets Launch First Man in Space

Tsar Bomba, the Largest Nuclear Weapon to Ever Be Exploded

The Antarctic Treaty Goes Into Force

John F. Kennedy Bio: Life and Presidential Career

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Hail to the chief by Air Force Band