John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29,
1917. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940. Which led to some of his
earlier political successes. Some came from when he ran for the United States
House of Representatives in 1946, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1952.
In 1953 he married Jacqueline Bouvier. During recuperation from spinal surgery,
Kennedy completed Profiles in Courage (1956), for which he won a Pulitzer Prize
in 1957. Kennedy attempted to win the Vice-president presidential nomination and
failed; Kennedy began to plan for the presidential election in 1960. He won the
nomination on the first ballot. He campaigned with Senator Lyndon B. Johnson
his running mate, against Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the Republican
nominee. The issues of defense and economic standards were raised in four
televised debates. Kennedy won the election with 113,000 votes out of 680,000
cast. Kennedy’s wit and charm earned him considerable popularity at home and
abroad. “Every president must endure a gap between what he would like and what
is possible” he once said. In the fall of 1963 Kennedy began to plan his
strategy for re-election.
On November 22, at 12:30 p.m., while riding in an open limousine
through Dallas, Texas, Kennedy was shot in the head and neck by a gunmen.
Kennedy was rushed to the Parkland Memorial Hospital, were efforts to save
him failed. Chief Justice Earl Warren concluded in September 1964 the
assassin was Lee Harvey Oswald. The state funeral of President John Fitzgerald
Kennedy was watched on television by millions around the world. He was the
youngest president ever elected and the first Roman Catholic. John F. Kennedy
was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.