John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States of America and was the youngest president ever elected. Kennedy’s youth, energy, and passion for improving America’s racial tensions helped to invigorate politics for a new generation.
John F. Kennedy was born on May 29th, 1917 in Massachusetts and graduated from nearby Harvard University in 1940. Following graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the Navy where he served during World War II. Due to his heroic actions and subsequent injuries attained during the War, Kennedy received the Navy and Marine Corps medal for courage along with the Purple Heart. Following the War, Kennedy returned to Boston where he would become a politician. Kennedy served as a Democratic Congressman and later was elected to the Senate.
Kennedy’s political rise continued and by 1960, he was elected as the Democratic Candidate for President of the United States. Kennedy campaigned against Republican candidate Richard M.Nixon and the two were involved in the first ever televised debates. Kennedy ultimately won the election and became America’s youngest and first Roman Catholic president.
Kennedy’s presidency began with one of the most famous inauguration speeches in history where he included the memorable statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.” Kennedy’s presidency was met with early struggles. A military blunder, known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion, along with growing violence over Civil Rights, had many second-guessing his lack of political experience.
Kennedy accomplish many achievements as president, such as developing an advanced space program, avoiding nuclear war with Russia during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and creating numerous programs for Americans including the Peace Corps. Kennedy’s lofty and optimistic goals towards Civil Rights was never achieved during his presidency due to his shocking assassination. On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. With the shots of the assassin's bullet, Kennedy’s life was over, but his legacy continued, as Americans ultimately witnessed the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the first man walk on the moon. Although his presidency ended with such a drastic halt, he remains one of the most popular presidents in history.
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