He could have been one of the decade's rock and roll gods considering the welcome he received in Ireland that year.
US President touched down on his ancestral soil in June 1963.
Thousands of people turned out at Dublin Airport to greet the President as he arrived, and tens of thousands more swamped the city centre awaiting the Presidential motorcade.
Irish and American flags, flowers, banners and bunting were clutched in hands along the eight mile route from the airport to the Irish President’s residence, and a continual chorus of cheering and applause echoed across Dublin as the John F. Kennedy travelled through the city centre.
His grandparents had Emigrated to America within nearly a single month and as part of his inaugural visit to Ireland the President visited the family homestead in Dunganstown, County Wexford.
From the rousing speeches he made during his tour of the country, to the grand receptions he was given at Áras an Uachtaráin and poignant scenes as the President greeted family at his ancestral home, these images from the Irish Independent Archives captured a unique event in Irish history.
The photographs show President JFK meeting Taoiseach of the time Sean Lemass, the US President with President Eamon De Valera and John F Kennedy meeting with his Irish cousins in the barnyard of their mutual forefather's homestead at Dunganstown on June 27, 1963.