Friday 24 November 2017

JFK Curriculum Vitae

Born: May 29, 1917 at 83 Beals Street, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA to Joseph Patrick Kennedy and his wife Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.


One of nine children, four boys and five girls, including older brother Joseph (killed in action August 1944) and younger siblings Robert and Teddy, and sisters Jean, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice and Patricia.


Choate School, Connecticut (graduating 1935) and Harvard University (1940).


September 12, 1953 to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.


Arabella (stillborn in 1956), Caroline (born 1957), John (1960–1999) and Patrick (1963, died two days after his premature birth).

Military career:

Joined US Navy in 1940 and became commander of a patrol torpedo (PT) boat in the South Pacific. His PT-109 was rammed in August 1943 by a Japanese destroyer. Lt Kennedy led 10 of the crew to safety to a nearby island, where they were rescued a week later. He earned a Navy and Marine Corps medal for his heroism.

Political career:

Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1946, representing Massachusetts' 11th district. In 1952, having served three terms in Congress, he was elected to the Senate.

Nominated as Democratic Party presidential candidate in 1960 with Lyndon B Johnson as running mate, beating the sitting Republican vice-president Richard Nixon.

Served as US 35th President:

January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963 – the youngest elected to office at 43, and the first Catholic.


His college thesis was published as 'Why England Slept', a study of the failure of British political leaders to prepare for World War Two. While recuperating from a back operation in 1954, he wrote 'Profiles in Courage', which focused on eight senators whom Kennedy believed showed great courage during their careers. It won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957.


November 22, 1963, Dallas, Texas. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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