John Fitzgerald Kennedy

35th President

'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country'. John F. Kennedy
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Early Life

On May 29, 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brooklyn, Massachusetts. As a child John has many illnesses that would late lead up to John breaking his back. By now family and friends had already started calling John, Jack. Soon after graduating from Harvard University, Jack and his older brother Joe signed up for the navy. Jack would be placed as a Lieutenant for a Patrol Torpedo Boat, while Joe would be become a pilot.

Becoming Involved

In Highschool Jack and his older brother Joe were both football players at Choato Highschool. After graduating high school bothe boys went to Harvard University while they father and family moved to England. Their father sent the boys letters about England and the tension in Germany. After taking a visit to England, Jack was now more interested in History and Government.

Marine Corps Medal

While Jack, otherwise known as John, was looking to stop Japanese destroyer boats, the boat got rammed by a Japanese Destroyer killing two soldiers. Jack managed to save the rest of the crew by having them back to a nearby island. Two days later they were rescued and Jack was awarded the Marines Corps Medal for his bravery.

‘Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.’-JFK

Choices and Results

On January 20 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States. One the choices he will make as president will be to form the peace corps. People around the world volunteer to give aid to other in need: education farming medicine. This organization still exists today helping people around the world.

Another choice John made was building up the US military and create the Federal Bureau of Investigation (also known as the FBI).

One of the most famous things John did serving as president was create the space program that today is known as NASA. John also started the Apollo missions and declared that he will land a man to the moon by the end of the decade.

Now the most important problem was right here in the states. Racial segregation was discrimination blacks from entering certain areas. Signs like 'Whites Only' were being posted up in restaurants movie theaters and other places around the nation. John then would pass a Civil Rights Bill ending segregation everywhere and letting everyone live a equal and happy life.

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'Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.' JFK

Why he made those Choices

Starting the FBI and building up the US army would be one of the important things John F. Kenned y would've done. This for one helped the issue during the cold war, spying on Russian nukes and fighting in Vietnam.

Another important thing John started would be the space program we have today, NASA. Johns purpose of sending men into space was to beat the Russians who had already sent the first man to space. The thought of having cameras and possibly missiles up in space scared Kennedy to create the space program. Now to this day NASA still is running and is about to send people to Mars.


There are many ways the society is better because of President Kennedy. The Peace Corps has helped people that have been affected with natural disasters or war. Our space program has invented new technology to learn more about our space and detect when possible hurricanes or natural disasters will happen. Simple things like GPS and the weather forecast help us because of what Kennedy did.

The most important thing that Kennedy did that would make him one of the most popular presidents in history was end segregation in schools and other public areas. Creating the Civil Rights Bill ended segregation but also did something else to him....

On November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas Texas President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald who would be arrested a few hours later.

Quotes from our 35th President

'I look at it like this; that if shakespeare were alive today, he would've written two or three plays about Kennedy's family, and actors would traditionally play JFK like they Hamlet or King Lear. They just would. I mean, people have played JFK, and they'll play him long after I have.'

" I'll tell you something about Kennedy's murder that will rock you... Kennedy was trying to get to Castro, but Castro got to hime first" Lydson Johnson, President

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Kennedy would probably be one of the biggest impacts on history ever.... From simple kind things like donating money, to huge things like creating our first space program. Stopping segregation and ending discrimination in certain areas has surely changed society for the better. Just imagine if JFK never existed; would there still be segregating in certain parts of the US? Would Russia be in power because it has more nukes than us? All things and more are questions to if JFK never existed.


1."John Fitzgerald Kennedy." Historic World Leaders. Ed. Anne Commire. Detroit: Gale, 1994. Biography in Context. Web. 3 May 2016.

This source gave me basic information on John F. Kennedy. IT told me what he did as president, like creating the space program to the Peace Corps.

2."John Fitzgerald Kennedy." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016.

This source mainly told me about JFK's life in the military and how he saved his crew from a Japanese boat. This source also talked about his early childhood and how he was almost always sick.


This source pretty much gave information about John F. Kennedy's death and how it happened. It also explains the intense mourning and sadness in the country at that time.

4. "President John F. Kennedy sitting in a tipped-back chair." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016.

This source gave me the picture of John f. Kennedy sitting back in a chair discussing with his cabinet members in a time with great grief.

5.President John F. Kennedy attends a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, with his son, John F...." American Decades Primary Sources. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 7: 1960-1969. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016.

A picture of John F. Kennedy walking with his son at a ceremony. This gives the readers perspective that JFK was still happy in times of crisis.


Gave me JFK's most famous quotes that lifted people up in times when there was no hope for the American People. Showed how great our 35th president was.


This website gave me a quote that Lydson Johnson gave to America after Kennedy had died. This tells us the amount of grief that even the president had because of his death.


Tells us information on the issues of Vietnam and how the US was trying to stop the spread of communism. Tells us what was happening domestically in the US, the racial discrimination and segregation was a problem.


Quote from an actor who played JFK and explaind that if Shakespeare was still alive, he would've written two or three play about JFK and his family. This shows how big of an impact JFK was after his death decades later.


Gives us a picture of Kennedy with Vice President Lydson and the rest of his boards and committee heads discussing their plan on racial discrimination.