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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline Massachusetts on May 29 1917 and a descendant of Irish Catholics who had immigrated to America in the 19th century He is son of Joseph P Kennedy a self-made multimillionaire his father was also head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and ambassador to Great Britain John Kennedy comes from a large family he had nine brothers and sisters John was the second oldest son and his parents had the highest ambitions for John and all their children JFK graduated from Choate School in Wallingford Conn from their John went on to Harvard University and graduated in 1940 In 1941 shortly before the United States entered World War Two Kennedy joined the US Navy While on active duty in the Pacific in 1943 Kennedy was commander of the boat PT 109 the Japanese sank the PT 109 Kennedy performed heroically in rescuing his crew but he aggravated an old back injury and contracted malaria He was discharged from the navy in early 1945 John was poised for a career in politics he was a rich handsome and articulate man who graduated from Harvard and was consider a war hero JFK had a very impressive politic career and did much too gain respect and he aroused great admiration at home and abroad In 1946 Kennedy started his career by running successfully for a Boston-based seat in the US House of Representatives he was reelected in 1948 and 50 As a congressman he backed social legislation that benefited his working-class constituents Kennedy also took a strong stand against the Communist Chinese his strong anti-Communist foreign policy throughout his career In September of 1953 John married Jacqueline O Bouvier the couple had 3 kids two boys and one girl During Parts of 1954 and 1955 John was seriously ill with back ailments and was therefore unable to play an important role in government at that time During his illness Kennedy
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