John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK)
An American politician who served as the 35th President
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.
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.
Facts About JFK
Term35th President of the United States (1961 – 1963)
BornMay 29, 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts
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
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