John F. Kennedy

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The first Roman Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, fought through many hardships. Becoming the president at the age of 43, he went through many difficult trials to get that role due to his religion and health. Although he died early, he still managed to go beyond his presidential duties and accomplished a lot during his short term. John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ever since he was little, he has had very poor health. He suffered from a variety of diseases and conditions such as mumps, German measles, chicken pox, infections, and repeated bronchitis. When he was three, he almost died from scarlet fever. At the age of fourteen, he only weighed one-hundred seventeen pounds and had such a thin…show more content…
On January 20, 1961, Kennedy pledged as the 35th president of the United States(source 1). To prepare for his address, Kennedy carefully studied famous American speeches, such as the Gettysburg Address, and copied their style. It's content was almost specifically about matters of the world outside of the United States. He spoke about the issues that were on many American's minds: peace, national security, and creating a just and free world. One of the things he said in it was, Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear in burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty. (source 3) He also said, My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. (source 2) Kennedy's presidency lasted less than three years. During this time, he established the Peace Corps, an organization that enabled young Americans to volunteer in developing countries around the world. He also helped prevent a nuclear catastrophe in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy surrounded himself with liberal intellectuals and moderate conservatives adopting strong executive leadership drawing on

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