John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy. John F. Kennedy, JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of the United States of America. When elected, he became the youngest President elected at 43 years old. His age and “new” technology that enabled the first televised Presidential Debate seemed to have helped with his election. Richard Nixon, who ran against him, was in pain and perspiring during the debate and JFK appeared confident and prepared.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born to prosperous parents and raised in a large family. He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts and his older brother was actually put on the path to be President by their father. His brother died in World War II and presidential dreams went to JFK. JFK served in World War II as well and earned multiple awards for his heroic acts. He was in the United States Navy and achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
Following his service in the war JFK became a member of the United States House of Representatives. He served from 1947 until 1953 when he became a United States Senator. His next political appointment was becoming President. JFK was President for over two and a half years before his assassination on November 22, 1963.
While President many things occurred. The Peace Corp was established, the Berlin Wall was built, there were developments in the Space Race, the Cuban Missile Crises occurred, there was the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and many other developments. Historically, JFK is ranked in the top half of Presidents.
John F. Kennedy was married in 1953 to Jacqueline Bouvier. They had four children. JFK was our first Roman Catholic President when he was elected. He graduated from Harvard University. Today, there are many books and movies about his life and time as President. From his service to his personal life to his assassination and the assassination of his assassin there are many stories. His words: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” and “Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you.” These were and continue to be inspiring words.
There are many honors and memorials dedicated to John F. Kennedy. From airports to a bridge to schools to aircraft carriers to the John F. Kennedy Space Center and more there are many tributes to John F. Kennedy. Be inspired! Have a bright day!