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JFK His Life and Legacy On November 22 1963 while being driven through the streets of Dallas Texas in his open car President John F Kennedy was shot dead apparently by the lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald The world had not only lost a common man but a great leader of men From his heroic actions in World War II to his presidency making the decisions to avert possible nuclear conflict with world superpowers greatness can be seen Kennedy also found the time to author several best-selling novels from his experiences His symbolic figure represented all the charm vigor and optimism of youth as he led a nation into a new era of prosperity From his birth into the powerful and influential Kennedy clan much was to be expected of him Kennedy was born on May 291917 in Brookline Massachusetts His father Joe Sr was a successful businessman with many political connections Appointed by President Roosevelt Joe Sr was given the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and later the prestigious position of United States ambassador to Great BritainAnderson 98 His mother Rose was a loving housewife and took young John on frequent trips around historic Boston learning about American revolutionary history Both parents impressed on their children that their country had been good to the Kennedys Whatever benefits the family received from the country they were told must be returned by performing some service for the countryAnderson 12 The Kennedy clan included Joe Jr Bobby Ted and their sisters Eunice Jean Patricia Rosemary and Kathleen Joe Jr was a significant figure in young Johns life as he was the figure for most of Johns admiration His older brother was much bigger and stronger than John and took it upon himself to be Johns coach and protector Johns childhood was full of sports fun and activity This all ended when John grew old enough to leave for school At
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