Biography of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Not too long ago, the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy was remembered. Many historians claim that his policies were mediocre and average. But what makes Kennedy stand out among the rest of the presidents? Historians suggest that he is among the most popular presidents, if not the most popular one. So what makes Americans see Kennedy as such a memorable president? Was it his childhood and his family history? Was it the series of unfortunate events that led to his path to the presidency? Was it his policies? Or was it the way most Americans remember him, because of the way he died? John Fitzgerald Kennedy could be among the most memorable presidents because of all these ideas combined. If one little thing about the way he grew up hadn’t happened the way it did then he may not be the incredible president we remember him as. Although born into a politically prominent family on May 29, John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s path to presidential popularity had begun way before he was born. In 1849, JFK’s great grandfather emigrated from Ireland to Boston and worked for minimum wage for all of his life that he resided in America (Historic World Leaders). Starting with JFK’s grandfather, Patrick Joseph (P.J.) Kennedy, the life of a Kennedy, from birth to death, revolved around ideas of the want for power and stature. His grandfather, born into a poor family, worked his way up from poverty “to successes in the saloon and liquor-import businesses, branched out into banking, and became a backroom political operator” (Historic World Leaders) becoming a man of prestige just as his family had hoped. Blossoming from a business partnership, PJ Kennedy’s son, Joseph married Rose Fitzgerald in 1914. Joseph Kennedy was quite ... ... middle of paper ... ...dith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 7: 1960-1969. Detroit: Gale, 2001. U.S. History in Context. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. Source. "John Fitzgerald Kennedy." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981. U.S. History in Context. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. Source. Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. "Warren Commission Report." Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 30-34. Biography in Context. Web. 15 Jan. 2014. Source. "John Fitzgerald Kennedy." Historic World Leaders. Gale, 1994. Biography in Context. Web. 9 Jan. 2014. Article. "Kennedy, John F." Television in American Society Reference Library. Ed. Laurie Collier Hillstrom and Allison McNeill. Vol. 3: Primary Sources. Detroit: UXL, 2007. 65-76. U.S. History in Context. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. Source.
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