John F. Kennedy

By. Jocelyn Gordon

Born: May 29, 1917

Died: November 22, 1963

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction"

- John F. Kennedy

Possible Friends: Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin L. King, Malcom X, Rosa Parks.

John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was one of nine children born to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Joseph Patrick Kennedy. He had three brothers, and five sisters. Kennedy was well known to his family as "Jack" growing up.

While he was a young child Kennedy had many health issues. He was very susceptible to common diseases found in children such as "whooping cough, measles, and chicken pox." He one time had a near death experience. Kennedy's father came to visit him everyday for about a month. After that month or so John's health took a turn for the better.

In his adolescent years Kennedy was not the most academically gifted child. His teacher's would say he did not work as hard as he could. The only two subjects Kennedy accelerated in where History, and English. Yet he managed to graduate from Choate Boarding School for boys. After Graduating Kennedy Enrolled Harvard University where his older brother Joe was already a student.

Throughout college although his grades remained only average, Kennedy was very focused on his extracurricular activities, and in his history and government classes. While in college, Kennedy's father received a job in England as the U.S. Ambassador. This got Kennedy interested in European politics and world affairs.

After Kennedy and his older brother Joe took a summer trip to England to visit their family, Kennedy's father began to send them letters keeping them updated on things happening over seas. His father updated them on things such as Adolph Hitler, and Benito Mussolini Invading Poland and initiating World War II. Kennedy was a senior in college by this time.

Following his graduation from college, Kennedy joined the navy. He was made a Lieutenant and commander of a torpedo boat (PT-109). After an attack on his ship, and rescuing majority of his crew Kennedy was awarded the Navy, and Marine corps medal. Upon his return home, Kennedy had to decide on what he wanted to pursue a career in.

Convinced by his father to run for congress, Kennedy did just that. Upon winning the election, John served three terms in the house of representatives, and won U.S. Senate in 1952. During his time as U.S. Senate, Kennedy met and married a writer named Jacqueline Bouvier. Jacqueline and John Kennedy had their first child in 1957.

The year before his first child was born, Kennedy was becoming a popular politician. After almost being picked to run for vice president, John F. Kennedy ran for president with Lyndon B. Johnson as his vice president, and won the election of 1960.

Kennedy was a Democrat and a proud liberal. His political challenges included the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, and the space race. Although Kennedy was a strong Catholic, he strictly kept church and state separate.

One of the biggest problems kennedy ever had to deal with as president was racial discrimination. Kennedy worked hard to get the members of congress to agree to pass the civil rights act. He made a public service announcement asking the nation to end racism, so everyone may live life in peace.

November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding down a Dallas, Texas road past hundreds of cheering people.

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