John F. Kennedy
By: Alex Henderson

Early Life

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917.
  • Attended a Catholic boys' boarding school in Connecticut called Canterbury.
  • Completed college at Harvard University where he excelled in history topics.
  • Joined the U.S. Navy where he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for "Extremely heroic conduct" and a Purple Heart.
  • Career

  • Ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946 at the age of 29.
  • He won the election and served three terms.
  • In 1952, he was elected for a seat in the U.S. Senate where he served for 8 years.
  • He ran for president in 1960 and narrowly beat Richard Nixon to become the 35th President of the United States of America.
  • He was the second youngest president in history at the age of 43.
  • He created the Peace Corps in 1961 and by the end of the century, over 170,000 volunteers served in over 130 countries.
  • The biggest issue he faced while being president was the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • We were on the brink of nuclear warfare, and he was able to convince Soviet Union removed missiles and as long as we removed our missiles from Turkey.
  • On November 22, in Dallas, Texas, Kennedy was riding down a street filled with people cheering and was shot twice by Lee Harvey Oswald and died.
  • Assassination Explanation

  • Kennedy was in Dallas, Texas for a campaign appearance.
  • While driving through downtown Dallas in a Lincoln Continental convertible, Lee Harvey Oswald fired at the car, shooting Kennedy twice.
  • Kennedy died at Parkland Memorial Hospital at the age of 46 later that day.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald was a 24-year-old warehouse worker who was a former Marine marksman.
  • Conspiracy Theories

  • Some say that there was a second gunman that was shooting from the grassy knoll of Dealey Plaza who was never caught.
  • Another theory also says that Kennedy was killed by CIA agents that were still outraged at the Bay of Pigs incident.
  • Other Information

  • Kennedy almost died twice before he became president.
  • Due to the Japanese ship tragedy, he suffered from health problems.
  • He was diagnosed with Addison's disease and also nearly died from an infection after back surgery.
  • September 12, 1953, Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.
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