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The Young President Throughout history there have been many popular political figures whose attitudes and ideals have shaped society Jack Kennedy is one of them John Fitzgerald Kennedys political career spanned the 1950s and early 1960s His election to the presidency brought hope to the United States and the world with his energetic persona and lively family As a young child Jack Kennedy Jack was a nickname for John had many illnesses including scarlet fever which almost killed him at age 4 whooping cough measles and chicken pox asthma and diphtheria Kent 14 These illnesses combined caused a lot of trouble in his early life and thus created problems from the start Some of these problems plagued him throughout his life he had to overcome his poor health in order to achieve what he wanted The Kennedy clan was a close-knit family Jacks father was a successful banker in Massachusetts who quickly became a multimillionaire by investing in shipyards and movie theaters Kent 13 Jacks father also established himself in the political community by marrying Rose Fitzgerald the daughter of a prominent Massachusetts political figure John Fitzgerald Jacks father Joseph told all his children to be competitors and not to cry or whine if they lost Jacks older brother Joe Jr was expected by their father to enter politics but sadly Joe Jr died while flying a mission in World War II Europe Colliers 21 Joe was always better than Jack was at school and sports John grew up in his shadow and although he cared about how his father perceived him that still didnt cause him to try his hardest at what he did Kennedy went to many different private schools including Dexter in Brookline Massachusetts and Canterbury in New Milford Connecticut Then finishing most of his high school years at Choate School in Wallingford Connecticut At Choate John followed his fathers encouragement and played in half a dozen sports but never made Varsity
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