John F. Kennedy: Life and Times

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. John’s mother’s name was Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy and his father, Joseph Patrick Kennedy. Rose and Joseph had 9 children in total. John had a very competitive childhood with his older brother Joseph Patrick Junior. Jack (JFK) was sick very often in his childhood, but nether less he was very active in sports and very social. Jack’s brother Joe Jr. was his parents’ favorite son. Joseph Patrick Kennedy was the youngest bank president at the young age of 25 and he soon became a multimillionaire. Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, her father was the mayor of Boston and he was also a popular politician. The Kennedy’s were raised with love and care, but their…show more content…
Jack was now trying to gain political experience, so he planned to run for a seat in the House of Representatives for Massachusetts. Jack won the election on November 5, 1946 and he had 73% of the votes. He spent a lot of time learning how the federal system is and how it works. He was reelected twice for the House of Representatives. “Jack was very close to his sister Kathleen, known affectionately as “Kick.” Kathleen died on May 15, 1948, in a plane crash in France. The many deaths in his family began to affect Jack, who wondered if he, too, would die young.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier, also known as Jackie, on September 12, 1953. Jack started thinking about running for presidency when he under the weather. He tried to win the nomination for vice president against Estes Kefauver, Jack lost. His wife had her first child who was born prematurely and did not survive. They, Jack and Jackie had their second child on November 27, 1957. Jack announced that he was running for the presidency two years after their second child was born. Jack’s opponent was Richard Nixon, who was the vice president to Eisenhower. Despite what was against him, like his heath, his father’s uncertain reputation as a businessman and a politician, and him being Catholic, Jack did well in the primaries. Jack was the Democratic Party’s candidate, with Lyndon Baines Johnson as the vice
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