Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy: the 35th President of the United States J.F.K. was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917, second oldest of nine children. Although his great grandparents did not come to America with much money, already his grandfathers were political leaders in Boston. His father even was an adviser to President Roosevelt and Ambassador. When J.F.K was young he travelled much around. After he graduated at Harvard College in 1940 he wrote a best-selling book about decisions which led to World War II. Then he joined the Navy to fight the Japanese. After World War II he decided to get politician in stead of teacher or writer. In 1946 he was elected to the House of Representatives and six years later to the U.S. Senate. He married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in 1953. She gave birth to his first child, Caroline, in 1957. The same year he was awarded the Pullitzer Prize - a book about senators who fought for things in which they believed. The Democrats chose Kennedy as their presidential candidate in 1960. Kennedy asked Lyndon B. Johnson to run with him for Vice President. On November 8, he defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon in a very close race. One advantage surely had been that J.F.K. offered help to the jailed Martin Luther King what brought him many votes of African Americans. Kennedy was the first Catholic and youngest president in the U.S.. One of the first things he did was asking the Congress to spend more money on space exploration, with the goal of ...

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