John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the son of Joseph Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. There were eight children in the Kennedy family; four sons and four daughters. John was known as "Jack".His older brother Joseph Jr. was killed in World War II. His younger brothers were Robert F.and Edward "Ted" Kennedy.
Jack graduated from high school. Then He attended college for asemester at Princeton University in England, then went to Harvard where he graduated in 1940. After doing some graduate work at Stanford University, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
After theJapanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Kennedy applied for sea duty. He was in command of a PT * (patrol torpedo) boat.
The Kennedy's wanted their sons to be politicalleaders, and they were all successful. Robert F.Kennedy would serve as his brother's Attorney General, but would be assassinated * , and Edward "Ted" Kennedy is a United States Senator.Jack began his career in 1946 when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was only twenty-nine years old and looked very young. In 1952 he sought and won a seat in the UnitedStates Senate and became Senator Kennedy.
With the strong support of his family he was elected to the presidency in 1960 defeating Richard Nixon by a very narrow margin of popularvotes, but Kennedy gained 303 electoral votes compared to 219 for Nixon. At the age of forty-three he was the youngest man ever elected President.
In his inaugural address he told hiscountrymen, "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country".
Kennedy had a new program he called "The New Frontier". He wanted to help the poor people .
In1963 President and Mrs. Kennedy were visiting in Dallas, Texas. A motorcade * was transporting them through the streets when gunshots rang out, and President Kennedy was shot and killed
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