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On NOVEMBER 22 1963 when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by assassins bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas Texas Kennedy was the youngest man elected President he was the youngest to die at age 46 Of Irish descent he was born in Brookline Massachusetts on May 29 1917 He was the second of nine children the son of Rose Fitzgerald and millionaire Joseph P Kennedy who had served as ambassador to Great Britain under Franklin Roosevelt John attended Caterbury School in New Milford Conn then went to Choate Academy in Wallingford Conn where he was voted most likely to succeed He attended Princeton University briefly then majored in government and international relations at Harvard After a summer tour of Europe in 1939 Kennedy wrote his college thesis on the failure of England to prepare itself against Nazi Germany Published in book form in 1949 under the title While England Slept the work became a best seller He graduated from Harvard in 1940 Before Pearl Harbor Kennedy entered the Navy as a seaman He was commissioned an ensign assigned to a PT boat squadron which patrolled the Soloman Islands In 1943 when his PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer Kennedy despite grave injuries led the survivors through perilous waters to safety His heroic rescue of survivors of his crew won him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal as well as the Purple Heart After the war Kennedy worked as a reporter for Hearst newspapers for a short time One of his assignments was coverage of the United Nations conference at San Francisco in 1945 He decided to enter politics in 1946 and with the enthusiastic help of his brothers and sisters won the Democratic nomination to the House of Representatives in the eleventh district of Massachusetts His mother and sisters organized teas at
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