John F. Kennedy's Life and Accomplishments

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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…
Johnson, to be his running mate(source 4). Kennedy faced many problems running for president. He was only 43 when he ran for presidency, so many were worried about his lack of experience. There were also many concerns about his religion. Non-Catholics often worried that, as a Catholic, Kennedy would listen to the pope and that the pope would basically be running the country. He chose to face the issues openly and directly, giving a series of speeches made to address any uncertainties about his faith and subjecting himself to a round of questioning about his views on church-state relations by leading Protestant clergy in Houston. He also won over many voters in Wisconsin, which was predominantly Protestant, to show that his Catholicism was no barrier to his being elected in a largely Protestant country. In order to deflect the worries of his young age and inexperience, he presented himself as a person with a lot of energy and open to ideas. He cast himself as a liberal in the model of Franklin D. Roosevelt(source 4). He promised more housing and jobs for veterans. He also promised to lead America out of what he called the “conservative rut” into which he accused Nixon of running the country(source 1). On September 26, 1960, Kennedy and Nixon engaged in the first of four televised debates on issues of national importance. It was the first time T.V. Had been used to beam presidential debates where people could watch it from
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