Kennedy had a privileged upbringing. Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy was the second of nine children. His parents, Joseph and Rose Kennedy, were members of two of Boston’s most prominent Irish Catholic political families. Despite persistent health problems throughout his childhood and teenage years, he would later be diagnosed with a rare endocrine disorder called Addison’s disease, John led a privileged youth, attending private schools such as Canterbury and Choate and spending summers in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. As a student at Harvard University, John traveled in Europe as his father’s secretary. His senior thesis about British’s unpreparedness for war was later published as an acclaimed book, “Why England Slept”. Abandoning plans to be a journalist, John left the Navy by the end of 1944. Less than a year later, he was back in Boston preparing for a run for Congress in 1946. As a moderately conservative Democrat, and backed by his father’s fortune, Jack won his party’s nomination handily and carried the mostly working-class Eleventh District. He entered the 80th Congress in January 1947, at the age of 29, and immediately attracted attention, as well as some criticism from older members of the Washington establishment for his youthful appearance and relaxed, informal
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