John F. Kennedy: Along the Fight for World Peace

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It was almost 80 years ago when John F. Kennedy was voted 'Most Likely To Succeed' by Harvard University. The college seemed to see him fit to take that title, and would have kicked themselves later on if they hadn't. Through the 46 short years of his life, he served as a highly esteemed lieutenant for the Navy, funded and urged NASA to become the first space station to send a man on the moon, was a congressman for six years, and became the President of the United States from 1961 until his unfortunate assassination in 1963. His long and productive lineage had formed him into a strong and convincing leader, one who inspired many generations to come in his fight for justice and world peace.

The Kennedy family was and is a highly evolved and wealthy family that has been powerfully intertwined with American politics since the first Irish immigrants shipped across the ocean and settled in Boston in the 1800s. They are one of the most established and successful families in the United States, having produced a President, three senators, and multiple other Representatives, both on the federal and state level. They are such an important figure in politics that they have been come to be known by many as the United States Royal Family. They are known for playing a large part of Harvard University as well. Unfortunately, progress is not without its downfalls. The Kennedy family has had a long and notorious record of unusual demises of its members. These accidents that are littered throughout the history of their family includes numerous plane crashes, cancer, assassinations, drowning, and failed lobotomy surgeries. These incidents and more have left many to believe in the Kennedy Curse, having been around since the first generation. Behind the glamour, John F. Kennedy, or known by his family as 'Jack', has suffered many personal tragedies as well, being no exception to the curse. For his entire life he suffered through chronic and severe back pains which he had surgery for, and was later written up in the AMA's book Archives of Surgery . Years after his death it was discovered that he was diagnosed with a disease called Addison's Disease, a very rare endocrine disorder. It was also revealed by the White House doctor that he had hypothyroidism, yet another endocrine disease. Because of these two illnesses, he apparently had been taking a combination of drugs to treat his bouts of severe pain that were the problematic side effects. “The combination included hormones, animal organ cells, steroids, vitamins, enzymes, and amphetamines, and potential side effects included hyperactivity, hypertension, impaired judgment, nervousness, and significant mood swings.” Aside from disease, Kennedy was forced to overcome a wide variety of tragedies in his life. He met his future wife, Jacqueline Bouvier, as a congressman, and they married in 1953. To the terrible misfortune of each other, Jackie suffered a miscarriages in 1955, a stillbirth in the year 1956, and the early infant death of her son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, in 1963. Fortunately, two of her children survived on into adulthood. John F. Kennedy began his presidential campaign in January 2, 1960, in the Democratic primary election, quickly defeating opponents like Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, and Senator Wayne Morse of Oregon. Though some were wary that his strong Catholic faith may weaken his decision-making abilities, they soon saw that this wasn't the case at all. Kennedy overswept many informal opponents such as Adlai Stephenson and Stuart Symington and formal ones as well. This included his major challenge at the Los Angeles Convention, Senator Lydon B. Johnson. Many more speeches and conventions were held before he was officially declared the Democratic Party's candidate on July 14. Later in September and October, Kennedy appeared with Republican candidate Richard Nixon (whom was then vice-president) on the very first U.S. Presidential debate held through the...
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