John f. Kennedy

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Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy served in both, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1960.  John was the second of nine children. His brothers and sisters include the famous Eunice Kennedy (The founder of the Special Olympics), Robert Kennedy (A U.S. Attorney General), and Ted Kennedy (One of the most powerful senators in American history). The family tree didn't stop there, John also had 6 more siblings which included: Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Rosemary Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy, R. Sargent Shriver, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Ethel Shakel Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Stephen E. Smith, Edward M. Kennedy, and Victoria Reggie Kennedy.  The Kennedy children remained close-nit and supportive of each other throughout their entire life. Their parents were, Joseph Kennedy,  a successful banker who made a fortune on the stock market after WWI and Rose Kennedy, a Boston debutante. They both were members of two of Boston's most prominent Irish Catholic political families.


John attended a Catholic boys' boarding school in Connecticut, where he excelled at History and English, but nearly failed Latin, a class that he particularly had no interest in. Despite his poor grades in Latin, Kennedy continued on to Choate, an elite Connecticut preparatory school.

After graduating from Choate and spending one semester at Princeton, Kennedy transferred to Harvard University in 1936. While he was there, he repeated his well-established academic pattern, excelling in the all classes he enjoyed.

Shortly after graduating from Harvard, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to command a patrol torpedo boat in the South Pacific.

Wife & children

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline "Jackie" Bouvier (1929-1994) married in 1953 and had three children together, Caroline Kennedy (1957-present) who is an Attorney and mother of three, John. F. Kennedy Jr. (1960-1999) was an attorney and founder of George Magazine (died in an plane crash), and Patrick Kennedy (1963) who died at infancy.


The President had spoken in San Antonio, Austin and Forth worth on November 21, 1963. One day later, the president and his wife had arrived in Dallas. From the airfield, they then traveled in a motorcade to the Dallas Trade Mart (The site of Kennedy's next speaking engagement). Shortly after 12:30 p.m., as the motorcade was passing through downtown Dallas, shots were fired; Kennedy was struck twice (in the neck and the head) and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a nearby hospital.

24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the killing of John F. Kennedy but was shot and fatally wounded two days later by local nightclub owner Jack Ruby while being taken to jail.

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