President John F. Kennedy Facts

President John F. Kennedy Facts
John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, who served from January 1961 until he was assassinated in November 1963. He was born John Fitzgerald Kennedy on May 29th, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr., a politician and businessman, and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald-Kennedy, the daughter of Boston Mayor John Fitzgerald. John (AKA Jack) had three brothers Joseph (Joe), Robert (Bobby) and Edward (Ted), and five sisters Rose Marie (Rosemary), Kathleen (Kick), Eunice, Patricia (Pat), and Jean Ann. John would go on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and finally as the U.S. President. His major accomplishments included the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress, as well as serving during the Berlin and Cuban crises.
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John F. Kennedy spent his first 10 years in Brooklyn and in 1927 his family moved to a mansion in Riverdale, in the Bronx. Two years later they moved to Bronxville, New York City.
In 1931 he went to the Choate School in Connecticut for high school from grade 9 to grade 12.
John F. Kennedy had several health scares growing up and as an adult he was administered his last rites three times - in 1947 (after diagnosed with Addison's disease), in 1951 (high fever while in Asia), and in 1954 (following back surgery and falling into a coma).
John F. Kennedy enlisted in the U.S. Army but was disqualified because of his back and intestinal issues (he had been treated for colitis growing up).
John's father had connections that made it possible for him to be admitted to the Navy (after previously being disqualified for health reasons).
John F. Kennedy became a war hero when he was a commanding officer. His gunboat was sinking and he helped his crewmates survive.
John F. Kennedy's brother Joseph died in 1944 during World War II when his plane blew up.
Following World War II John F. Kennedy worked as a reporter for Hearst Newspapers for a brief period.
At the age of 29, in 1946, John F. Kennedy won the election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served until 1952.
In 1952 John F. Kennedy ran for, and won, a seat in the U.S. Senate, with his brother Robert serving as campaign manager.
John met Jacqueline Bouvier, his future wife, shortly after winning the seat in the U.S. Senate. They married in 1953.
John and Jackie had four children. Caroline and John F. Kennedy were the only two to survive childhood. Patrick died when he was 5.5 weeks old and Arabella was stillborn.
John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States in 1961 by defeating Nixon. He also became the second youngest president in U.S. history.
John F. Kennedy served for only a few years but became well-known for his foreign affairs work. He crated the Peace Corp, and the Alliance for progress.
John K. Kennedy died on November 21st, 1963, when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in a motorcade. He was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He was only 46 years old.
John's brother Robert was assassinated in 1968. John's son John Jr. died in a plane crash at the age of 38 along with his wife. Jackie Kennedy died in 1994.


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