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On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet as his car wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the youngest to die.

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On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet as his car wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the youngest to die. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917; he was a descendant of Irish Catholics who had immigrated to American in the 19th century. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was a belligerent businessman who became a multimillionaire and ambassador to Great Britain. Joseph and his wife Rose had nine children, the second oldest being John. John was named in honor of Rosa's late father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the well liked Boston mayor. John was not a healthy child. He suffered from the whooping cough, measles, chicken pox, and the scarlet fever. Fortunately, he recovered from all his illnesses. In 1936, he graduated from the Choate boarding school in Connecticut and moved on to Harvard, where his older brother, Joe, was studying. There he was involved in football but ruptured a disk in his spine one day while playing. ...read more.

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On July 13, 1960, the Democratic Party nominated John F. Kennedy as its candidate for President. At the election on November 8th Kennedy beat Republican Richard Nixon in a very close race. At the age of forty- three, Kennedy was the first president born in the 20th century and the youngest president ever elected. In addition, he was the first Roman Catholic President. John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President on January 20, 1961. His Inaugural Address offered the memorable injunction "Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country." In his domestic policies, Kennedy's proposals for medical care for the aged, expanded area redevelopment, and aid to education were defeated, but on minimum wage, trade legislation, and other measures he won important victories. As President, he set out to redeem his campaign pledge to get America moving again. His economic programs launched the country on its longest sustained expansion since World War II; before his death, he laid plans for a massive assault on persisting pockets of destitution and poverty. ...read more.

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The United States was becoming more and more a stronger nation. I believed that John F. Kennedy accomplished a lot in the time he spent in office. It seems to me that in his brief term in office his leadership, personality, and accomplishments were more prominent from past Presidents. It seemed as though he faced the challenges that were ahead of him with great thoughtfulness and precision. The legacy he left behind is priceless. He stands out in people's minds for his compassion and willingness to fight for new government programs. If the year was 2002 and John F. Kennedy was President I believe that a lot would be accomplished in his term in office. He would live up to any events that interfere with our lives today. On November 22, 1963, a bullet from an assassin killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Within a few hours police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald for the murder of the President. Over the years, it was suspected that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy. At the age of 46, Kennedy became the fourth president to be assassinated and the eight to die in office. ...read more.

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