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John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States in 1961 At the age of forty-three he was the youngest man ever elected president He was also the first Roman Catholic ever elected to the oval office Rich handsome charming elegant articulate and from a well known family Kennedy became a natural recipiant of admiration both in the United States and abroad His assassination in Dallas Texas on November 23 1963 resulted in public outrage and widespread mourning throughout the nation and the World Kennedys term in office was too short to allow history to pass fair and acurate judgement on his accomplishments as president Their is little doubt however that the image and philosphy he brought to the oval office not only influenced the generation he governed but also continues to influence todays generation and politics in general Indeed Camelot the name given to the idyllic time during Kennedys presidency is not a dead mythology but a living idealogy that continues in American society today John Fitzgerald Kennedy he latest gained the nick name Jack was born on May 29 1917 in Brookline Massachusetts He was Joseph Rose Kennedys second son His father was a multimillionaire businessman who had became a bank president at the age of 25 and made his fortune through investments in stocks importing shipbuilding and moviemaking Joe Kennedys political experince was limited to being appointed the first chairman of the newly created Securities and Exchange Commission 1934-1935 by president Franklin D Roosevelt and having served as the head of the US Maritime Commission 1937 as well as being the US ambassador to Great Britain 1937-1940 Even though Joseph Kennedy never ran for an elected office himself he and his wife had large ambitions for their nine children John Kennedy was groomed for a career in politics from an early age Growing up Kennedy was small for his age and suffered through several
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