The Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy

867 WordsFeb 25, 20183 Pages
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born May 29, 1917 in Brookline Massachusetts. He was the second son born to Joseph Patrick and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Despite being born into Boston’s wealthy Irish population, the family was not accepted into the Boston’s Protestant elite. This was due to the opinion of the Boston Brahmins, who perceived the Kennedy’s to still be mere Irish immigrants. Even though earlier relatives Thomas Fitzgerald and Patrick Kennedy emigrated from Ireland to Boston in 1845 and 1848 respectively, due to the potato famine. John Kennedy along with his siblings continued to be raised in their ever-growing family wealth and influential support of their father Joseph, who was extremely successful as an industrialist and stock manipulator. He encouraged political conversations and academic competition amongst his children. John (Jack) had poor grades throughout various schools due to his frequent illness. After graduation Jack applied to Harvard despite his grades and was accepted with chief interests in politics and economics. Near the end of his schooling Kennedy wrote an honors paper which resulted in a 147page piece of work on Appeasement that was awarded cum laude. His writing was later edited and published under the title Why England Slept in 1940. Approximately 80, 000 copies were sold in Great Britain which yielded Kennedy $40,000 in royalties. Most of his earnings he donated to the English town, Plymouth which had been recently destroyed by German planes.
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