John F. Kennedy – 35th president of the US
John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. He was the youngest person ever elected to the presidency. His assassination in 1963 shocked the country and the world.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the second of nine children born to Joseph and Rose Kennedy. His father held government posts under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1940 Kennedy graduated from Harvard University. He completed his honors thesis, “Appeasement in Munich,” which was subsequently published as Why England Slept. During World War II he joined the U.S. Navy. He became an intelligence officer with the rank of lieutenant junior grade in Washington, D.C.
In 1946 Massachusetts voters elected Kennedy, a Democrat, to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1951 Kennedy spent 6 weeks traveling in Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Yugoslavia, and West Germany.