John F Kennedy Biography

John F Kennedy Biography

The 35th President of The United States of America, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest elected to the office at the age of 43. Born in a wealthy family, John was a sickly child. In later childhood also he had various health related problems. Popularly known as Jacky or JFK, John F Kennedy was Irish from descent. He was the Democratic Congressman from the Boston Area. He functioned as President from 1961 till his assassination in the year 1963.

Born: May 29, 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Assassinated: November 22, 1963, Dallas, Texas, United States
Spouse: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (m. 1953–1963)
Vice president: Lyndon B. Johnson
Siblings: Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, More
Movies: The Age of Kennedy, Part I: The Early Years, A Profile in Courage

Birth Details

John F Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brooklyn, Massachusetts.

Personal Biography

He was the second son of Joseph P Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald. His family was very influential and father was Ambassador to Great Britain. His mother rose was an active Boston socialite. He married Jacqueline Bouvier in the year 1953 and had four children. Only two children survived infancy.

Career

John Kennedy attended private schools, including famous prep school at Choate. He majored from Harvard in Political Science and passed out in the year 1940. After completing college, John joined United States Navy in 1941 as Intelligence Officer. He fought during World War II. In August 1942, John was transferred to South Pacific where his boat was hit by a destroyer from Japan. After suffering from a bad back injury, he was sent back to the United States. He returned to the civilian life in March 1945. He worked as a journalist for some time.

John F Kennedy was member of Democratic Party and he won elections in 1946 as House of Representatives. He was an ardent supporter of Harry Truman. The main issues taken up by him were progressive taxation, social welfare, low cost housing, etc.

In 1952, Kennedy was elected to the Senate. Following year he married to Jacqueline Bouvier and had four children but only two survived infancy.

While recovering from another bout of back problems, Kennedy wrote Pulitzer Prize winning book “Profiles in Courage” in the year 1956.

In 1960, John Kennedy joined the race for Presidential elections candidate. No Roman Catholic had been elected so far and thus his candidacy was highly controversial. Kennedy won and was elected the youngest President of United States of America.  

John’s dream was to bring the nation on the front seat as la leader of the world and he was passionate about fulfilling his dream.

Achievements

Major achievement of John F Kennedy was the creation of Peace Corps soon after becoming President. The Peace Corps helped underdeveloped nations in areas like health care, education, agriculture and construction.

Kennedy firmly believed that there must be partial ban on nuclear tests and there was growing concern regarding radioactive emissions. He pushed for Partial Test Ban Treaty.

JFK was staunch supporter of civil rights and worked a lot in this direction.

Awards

John F Kennedy was given Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage” in 1956.

Quotes

A child miseducated is a child lost.
- John F. Kennedy

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
- John F. Kennedy

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- John F. Kennedy

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
- John F. Kennedy

Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.
- John F. Kennedy

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner!"
- John F. Kennedy

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
- John F. Kennedy

America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
- John F. Kennedy

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
- John F. Kennedy

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
- John F. Kennedy

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
- John F. Kennedy

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can.
- John F. Kennedy

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy

Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
- John F. Kennedy

Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
- John F. Kennedy

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
- John F. Kennedy

The pay is good and I can walk to work.
- John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
- John F. Kennedy

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
- John F. Kennedy

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
- John F. Kennedy

For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
- John F. Kennedy

The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.
- John F. Kennedy


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