1917 - 1963
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. His parents were Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald. Joseph and Rose Kennedy were parents to nine children in the Kennedy family. The family lived in Brookline, Massachusetts until they moved to New York in 1927. John graduated from high school in 1935, and his yearbook said that he was the "most likely to become President". John Kennedy attended Harvard University and graduated in 1940. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was recognized as a hero in 1943 because he risked his own danger to lead a rescue mission to save his crew. He married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, in 1952 and they had two children, Carolyn and John Kennedy, Jr.
Before he became president, John Kennedy was the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts. He was a congressman for six years and then became a U. S. Senator in 1952. John was elected president in 1960. He was sworn in on January 20, 1961 as the 35th president of the United States. A famous line from his speech as "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". President Kennedy had to make important decisions about the Cuban Missile Crisis, that may have led to nuclear war.
President Kennedy created the Peace Corps for Americans to volunteer to help other countries with education, health care, farming and construction. President Kennedy also sent U.S. troops to help the South Vietnamese fight the communist North Vietnamese. President Kennedy sent federal marshals to stop the Governor of Alabama when he would not let two African American students from attending the University of Alabama. After that, he gave a speech about civil rights on television. Some of his ideas were eventually included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after his death. President Kennedy also supported the United States' space program. President Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas on November 22,