American Presidents

John F.Kennedy
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He was a decorated naval officer in World War II.
He received the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Profiles in Courage."
He served exactly 1,000 days in office.
He was the first president born in the 20th century and the youngest president ever elected.


John F. Kennedy
(May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Jacqueline L. Bouvier Kennedy, Wife
Number of Children: 2
Education Level: College
School Attended: Harvard University
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Military, Journalist, Writer
Military Service: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 1/20/1961 - 11/22/1963
Presidency Number: 35
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Assassination
Party: Democratic
His Vice President(s): Lyndon B. Johnson
Senator: Massachusetts (1953-1960)
House of Representatives: Massachusetts (1947-1953)
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: John F. Kennedy National Historical Site
Gravesite: Arlington National Cemetery
Library: John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Other Sites: John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: John F. Kennedy Library - Boston, MA, 617-929-4500
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John F. Kennedy Life Portrait: From John F. Kennedy National Historic Site - Brookline, MA
 Guests included: Robert Dallek, presidential historian; Jeanne Dumas, park ranger, John F. Kennedy National Historic Site; David Kratz, visitor services, John F. Kennedy National Historic Site; and Thomas Reeves, author, A Question of Character: The Life of John F. Kennedy Watch  | Order Videotape

  Eleanor Roosevelt ad on 1960 Kennedy campaign Watch

1960 Kennedy - Nixon debate Watch

JFK's 1961 Inauguration Watch

Booknotes with Richard Reeves on Kennedy: Profile of Power Watch
1961 JFK news conference (after Bay of Pigs invasion) Watch

JFK's trip to Berlin Watch

  Booknotes with Michael Beschloss, The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khruhschev Watch

Hugh Sidey on Kennedy Watch

  JFK press conference on Cuban missle crisis Watch

Sen. Edward Kennedy on Cuban missle crisis Watch

  JFK on nuclear testing (1963) Watch

JFK assasination newsreel Watch

  Interviews on JFK assassination Watch

Kennedy funeral Watch

  Gary Cornwell on assassination investigation Watch

JFK on space effort Watch 

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