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JFK John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States and the youngest person ever elected to the presidency He was also the first Roman Catholic president and the first president born during the 20th century He was born the second of nine children of the wealthy Joseph and Rose Kennedy in Brookline Massachusetts John F Kennedy was not their most promising child until after the death of his brother Joseph Kennedy during World War II Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 before he completed his third year as president leaving Lyndon B Johnson to fill his vacancy as the 36th President of the United States Therefore his foreign and domestic achievements during his presidency were limited Although his influence was worldwide for his handling of the Cuban missile crisis may have prevented war He was admired especially by the younger generation and he was perhaps the most popular man as President He brought to the presidency an awareness of the cultural and historical traditions of the United States and an appreciation of intellectual excellence Because Kennedy eloquently expressed the values of Americas 20th century his presidency had an importance beyond its legislative and political achievements Encarta John Kennedy was born to wealth and privilege grew up in Boston attended the finest private schools and graduated from Harvard Ayers 990 He wrote several books Why England Slept while he was attending Harvard As We Remember Joe which was about his brothers death and Profiles in Courage which received the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and gave him some widespread national attention before running for presidency His father Joseph P Kennedy was the ambassador of England during Roosevelts administration and constantly preached competition and excellence to his children John married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in 1953 and had three children Caroline John who recently died in a plane crash and Patrick who died within 48 hours of his birth He was determined to serve in the
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