The Life of John F. Kennedy

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The Life of John F. Kennedy

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The Life of John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917, the second of nine children. He was a US statesman and our 35th president. He came from a family with a history of good politics. As an infant he lived in a comfortable but modest frame house in that suburb of Boston. As the family got larger and the father's income and fortune increased, the Kennedys moved to larger, more impressive homes. Their first home was in Brookline, followed by the suburbs of New York City. John F. Kennedy had a happy childhood that was full of family games and sports. He attended many different private elementary schools, which were all non parochial. He later spent a year at Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn., where he was taught by Roman Catholic laymen, and four years at Choate School in Wallingford, Conn. Now moving up to the college level Kennedy spent the summer of 1935 studying at the London School of Economics. He was then enrolled in Princeton University where an attack of jaundice caused him to leave during the Christmas break of his freshmen year. In the fall of 1936 he enrolled at Harvard University, where he devoted himself strenuously but not very successfully to athletics. He injured his back while playing football there. During his first two years at Harvard he continued to be an easygoing student; then his work improved. During his senior year in 1940 he submitted a thesis paper on the British policies that led to the Munich Pact of 1938, which was extremely well received by reviewers. Kennedy graduated cum laude from Harvard in June 1940. He then spent a number of months in 1940 and 1941 studying at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in California as well as touring many Latin American Countries. Kennedy favored strong rearmament for the United States, and in the spring of 1941, he volunteered for the Army, but was not accepted because of his weak back. During that summer he took many different...

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