John F Kennedy
John F Kennedy Facts | 35th US PRESIDENT
US President: 1961-1963
US Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Political Party: Democratic
Birth: May 29, 1917 at Brookline, Massachusetts
Death: November 22, 1963 (aged 46) at Dallas, Texas
Education: Harvard College, Stanford Graduate School of Business
35th President of the United States (1961 – 1963)
United States Senator from Massachusetts (1953 – 1960)
U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts’s 11th district (1947 – 1953)
First Ladies: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (m. 1953 – 1963)
Children: Arabella Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
Pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy from the Library of Congress
John F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy
Joseph P. Kennedy
Pictures from the Library of Congress
The History Place Photo History of JFK
Photos from LIFE magazine
The John F. Kennedys: A Family Album
Kennedy Weddings: A Family Album
Facts about John F Kennedy
Only 46, President Kennedy died younger than any other U.S. president to date. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit, and was charged subsequently with Kennedy’s assassination. In 1957 Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for a book he had written earlier, Profiles in Courage.
In his domestic policies, Kennedy’s proposals for medical care for the aged and aid to education were defeated, but on minimum wage, trade legislation, and other measures he won important victories. During his school years, John F. Kennedy played baseball as a pitcher (right-handed) and third baseman.
President Kennedy was the richest president ever, based on the estimated value of his families fortune. In fact, his part of that fortune may have been worth $1 billion at the time of Kennedy’s death.
Joseph Kennedy escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing. An unknown group of anarchists planted a bomb in a wagon full of lead weights on the street. The explosion killed 38 bystanders on Wall Street.
- The American economy experienced a 1.18 percent inflation rate in 1962, the highest during Kennedy’s presidency.
- Kennedy spent the first 10 years of his life in Brookline, in suburban Boston, until his family moved to the Bronx.
- Kennedy was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in the Pacific during World War II.
- JFK recorded conversations in the White House.
John Kennedy and the White House
Kennedy almost died twice before he became president. In 1948, when Kennedy was in Great Britain, his health looked dire after he was diagnosed with Addisons disease, according to author Robert Dallek. And in 1954, Kennedy nearly died from an infection after back surgery.
During his time in the White House, Kennedy made nine Oval Office speeches. One of his most memorable speeches occurred on Oct. 22, 1962, when he informed the public about the unfolding events of the ongoing Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Obsessed with his weight, JFK traveled with a bathroom scale.
- Kennedy met his future wife, Jacqueline Bouvier at a dinner party.
- JFK was the first president to dance with black women at an inaugural ball.
- One of JFK’s legs was shorter than the other, which contributed to his chronic back problems.
- John F Kennedy had been the target of at least four assassination attempts before Dallas.
- Kennedy gave all his $100,000-a-year White House salary to charity.
On October 22, 1962, Kennedy announced to the nation that the Soviet Union had sent nuclear missiles to Cuba. Also, in response the United States had blocked all shipments of military equipment into Cuba. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered an investigation into Kennedy’s assassination, which resulted in the 888-page Warren Commission Report.
John F Kennedy Childhood
First, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. Both the Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys were wealthy and prominent Irish Catholic Boston families. Kennedy’s paternal grandfather, P.J. Kennedy, was a wealthy banker and liquor trader, and his maternal grandfather, John E. Fitzgerald, nicknamed “”Honey Fitz,”.. Kennedy’s mother, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, was a Boston debutante, and his father, Joseph Kennedy Sr., was a successful banker who made a fortune on the stock market after World War I. Also, Joe Kennedy Sr. went on to a government career as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as an ambassador to Great Britain.
Finally, Joseph and Rose Kennedy largely spurned the world of Boston socialites into which they had been born to focus instead on their children’s education. Also, Joe Kennedy in particular obsessed over every detail of his kids’ lives, a rarity for a father at that time. Moreover, as a family friend noted, “”Most fathers in those days simply weren’t that interested in what their children did. But Joe Kennedy knew what his kids were up to all the time.”” Joe Sr. had great expectations for his children, and he sought to instill in them a fierce competitive fire and the belief that winning was everything.
Where is John F Kennedy buried?
Kennedy was interred in a small plot, in Arlington National CemeteryÂ in Arlington County, Virginia.
How did John F Kennedy die?
President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time on Friday November 22, 1963, while on a political trip to Texas to smooth over frictions in the Democratic Party. Kennedy was taken to Parkland Hospital for emergency medical treatment, but pronounced dead at 1:00 pm.”