This essay is on JFK and about his life

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Ryan Murray

History 12


Feb 20, 2002

John F Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts to Joseph Patrick Kennedy, a bank president, and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the daughter of the Boston mayor. Kennedy was born to a modest home in the suburbs of Boston. When Joseph Kennedy became wealthier, the Kennedy's moved to a bigger home in the suburbs of New York. JFK went to all private elementary schools and graduated high school from Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1935.

JFK later enrolled in Princeton, but had to drop out because he got very sick. After he was well, he entered Harvard and graduated in 1940. In 1940, JFK published a book called Why England Slept where it became a best-seller.

JFK had a short stint in the navy during World War II where he received a Purple Heart and the Marine Corps medal.

After being discharged for re- injuring his back, JFK was faced with the decision of what his career should be. He worked for the Hearst newspapers for awhile when he covered the United Nations conference. There is where he chooses a career in politics. His first opportunity came when a House of Representatives seat was vacant in Massachusetts in 1946. Kennedy nearly doubled the votes of his opponent. JFK's move to the Senate in 1952 proved to also be successful. During JFK's term as senator, he married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953 and their first child Caroline was born on November 27, 1957 and John Jr. was born on November 25, 1960.

In 1960, Kennedy announced his candidacy for President. He soon won the Democratic nomination and began nationwide debates against the Republican nominee, Richard M. Nixon. Kennedy defeated Nixon by a margin of 303 electoral...