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John F Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29 1917 around 300pm in Boston Massachusetts He was born in the master bedroom of the Kennedys brookline house His parents were Brookline Rose Fitzgerald and Joe Kennedy At this particular time a stressful war was near and his father was forced to register in the army one week after his birth Goodwin p 274 As John grew up he faced many things and many illnesses His back was unstable for most of his life and he had many other sicknesses later on in his life He also had to face constant competition with his older brother Joe P Kennedy Jr for the favor of their fatherGoodwin p 353 He was a funny little boy and he said things in such an original vivid wayhis mother once said Nigel p49 His illnesses started at the age of two and a half He became ill with scarlet fever and nearly died and there were doctors to take him to His father took care of him until he was admitted to Boston City Hospital The nurses noticed that John even at that young age had a special charm about him to give the impression that you and him had a special bond His father promised if JFK was spared from scarlet he would give half his money to charity At the same time as this his mother was giving another birth Goodwin pp309-11 A few weeks later he also became ill with the mumps and whooping cough Goodwin p314 His family life was not perfect either Not only did he compete with his brother he also had hostilities toward his Catholic family and marriage in generalReeves p41 Things got better with his family as time went on John was an warm and playful brother even though he was jealous of his older brothers extra attention Joe Jr and John was competitive at everything Goodwin p344 353
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