The Life of John F. Kennedy

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

He attended Harvard University and graduated in 1940. From 1941-1945 he

served in the United States Navy, during World War II. In 1946 he was

elected to the United States House of Representatives. Then in 1952 he

was elected to the United States Senate. On September 12, 1953 he was

married to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. Then in 1960 he was elected President

of the United States. On November 22, 1963 he was assassinated in Dallas,


John grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. His father Joseph P. Kennedy,

was a self-made millionaire. During the administration of President

Franklin D. Roosevelt, he served as the first chairman of the Securities

and Exchange Commission, and as United States Ambassador to Great Britain.

During John's childhood, his family often moved. Some of these moves sent

the family into New York.

All of the Kennedy children developed a strong

competitive spirit. The boys enjoyed playing touch football together.

John Kennedy's education included elementary schools in Brookline

and Riverdale. By the age of thirteen his father sent him to the

Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. He then transferred to

Choate Academy in Wallingford, Connecticut, and graduated in 1935 at

eight-teen years old. In 1936, after a summer in England, John entered

Princeton University. After Christmas, of that same year, he developed

jaundice. Then in 1936 he entered Harvard University. At Harvard he

majored in government and international relations. In 1940 he graduated

from Harvard. He then enrolled at Stanford University, but dropped out

after only six months.

After serving in the United States Navy, where he won the Navy and

Marine Corps Medal as the skipper of a PT boat in World War II, John

decided to enter government. In 1946,