Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy served in both the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1961. As president, Kennedy faced many foreign crises particularly in Cuba and Berlin, but secured achievements as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. On November 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through downtown Dallas, Texas, President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born to an extremely wealthy family. His paternal grandfather, P.J. Kennedy was a wealthy banker and his maternal grandfather, John Fitzgerald was a politician who served as a congressman and at one time as the mayor of Boston. President Kennedy’s father, Joseph Kennedy Sr. was a successful banker and he was too involved in the government as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the Ambassador to Great Britain. Growing up Kennedy was described as a “poor student and a mischievous boy”. He attended a Catholic boys’ school in Connecticut where he excelled in subjects such as English and history but nearly failed many of his other subjects. Despite his less than stellar grades, Kennedy continued on to Choate, an elite Connecticut prep school. He had a brilliant mind as evidenced by his work on the rare occasions he applied himself, Kennedy remained a mediocre student at best, preferring sports, pranks, and girls to his coursework.
After graduating from Choate and spending one semester at Princeton, Kennedy transferred to Harvard University. There he repeated his academic pattern, excelling in the classes he enjoyed but being an average student due to his love of sports and women. Kennedy was described as “handsome, charming, and blessed with a radiant smile” Kennedy became incredibly popular among his Harvard classmates