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John Fitzgerald Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in the year 1917 in Brookline Massachusetts In 1946 at the age of 29 Kennedy became a congressman for Massachusetts When in Congress Kennedy was known for voting his own ideas not just those of his party He openly criticized the actions of the Truman administration He ran for the senate in 1952 During his first two years as senator he backed legislation beneficial to the Massachusetts textile fishing watch and transportation industries In 1955 he was the only New England senator to support renewal of the Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act that gave the president the power to lower US tariffs or taxes on imported goods in exchange for similar concessions from other countries In 1956 he bid for the Vice Presidency but failed Kennedy wanted the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination and almost as soon as the 1956 election was over he began working for it He faced several major obstacles Many party leaders considered hi m too young and too inexperienced for the presidency Many also doubted that a Roman Catholic could win a national election in a country that was mostly Protestant He ran against Lyndon B Johnson for the Democratic National Ticket When he beat Johnson he persuaded his defeated foe to join the ticket as his Vice President Kennedy and Johnson beat the Republican nominee Richard M Nixon Kennedys first year in office brought him considerable success in enacting new legislation Congress passed a major housing bill a law increasing the minimum wage and a bill granting federal aid to economically depressed areas of the United States Kennedy called for a new world of law where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved He recognized the difficulties of this goal All this will not be finished in the first 100 days he said Nor will it be finished in the first 1000 days nor in the life of
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