John Fitzgerald Kennedy And The President Of The United States Of America

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States of America. He is viewed as one of the greatest leaders our country has ever had. He was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the second born of nine children to his parents Joseph and Rose Kennedy. John grew up in a wealthy family. Both of his grandfathers were prominent Boston politicians and his father was a successful businessman with a degree from Harvard. Each summer, he spent time at the family’s summer home in Cape Cod. John attended a boarding school for adolescent boys in Connecticut as a youth. He attended Harvard for college and subsequently joined the Navy upon graduation. John was the Lieutenant of a torpedo boat while serving. One particular tour resulted in a Japanese ship tearing through John’s ship killing two of his men. He managed to save one on his own and the rest jumped to safety. For his act, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal for leadership and courage. Upon conclusion of his time in the Navy, John was influenced by his father to run for Congress. He won the election in 1946 and served three terms in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate. At the age of 36, he married Jacqueline Bouvier. John decided to run for president in 1960 and asked Lyndon B. Johnson to be his running mate. They won the election of November that year. He was 43 when he won, making him the youngest president in history at that time. His…

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