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John Fitzgerald Kennedy John F Kennedy was born in Brookline Massachusetts on May 29 1917 Kennedy was a descendant of Irish Catholics who had immigrated to America in the 19th century His father was a combative business man who became a multimillionaire Kennedy graduated from Choate School in Wallingford Connecticut briefly attended Princeton University and then entered Harvard University in 1936 At Harvard he wrote an honors thesis on British foreign policies Kennedy graduated from Harvard in 1940 During World War II Kennedy joined the US navy While on active duty in the Pacific in 1943 the boat he commanded was sunk by the Japanese Kennedy performed heroically in rescuing his crew He was discharged in 1945 On September 12 1953 Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier During parts of 1954 and 1955 he was seriously ill with back ailments During his illness Kennedy worked on biographical studies of American political heroes called Profiles in Courage The biography won a Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957 Like in his earlier book on British foreign poicy it showed his admiration for forceful political figures The hallmark of Kennedys presidency was based on a firm anti-Communist foreign policy He was a cautious liberal on domestic issues he backed a compromise civil rights bill in 1957 and gave special effort to labor legislation In 1961 Kennedy ran for presidency he won the election over Richard Nixon by a narrow margin During his time in office Kennedy continued to fight Communism One of the major overseas confrontations Kennedy experienced was during the Cuban Missile Crisis In October 1962 US intelligence discovered that the Russians were building offensive missile sites in Cuba Kennedy recognized the move as deliberately threatening He ordered a naval and air quarantine on shipments of weapons to Cuba The Soviets pulled back and promised not to set up the missiles This was seen as one of Kennedys greatest accomplishments during his presidency John F
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