John F Kennedy

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of United States, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. His father, Joseph Kennedy Sr., was a wealthy investor who wanted his sons to be important figures in American politics. Joseph Kennedy Sr. always favored his oldest son, Joseph Jr., to achieve his family's long time ambition to become a President of the United States. However, his eyes turned to John, after Joseph was killed in battle during World War II. John knew he was going to be the replacement for his brother; only way to make his father happy was to become an important figure in American politics. In November of 1946, JFK was elected to the House of Representatives from the State of Massachusetts. He served in the House for the next 6 years, and then in 1952 he was elected as a Senator of Massachusetts. In 1960, he ran for the presidency against the Republican nominee Richard Nixon and won the presidency. His administration pushed and accomplished many things. During his presidential election, many Americans fear that Kennedy would have a Pope's direct influence over American politics because Kennedy was Catholic. Before this time, no Catholics ever won the presidential election. When groups of 150 Protestants in Houston, led by Rev. Norman Vincent Pale proclaiming about this issue, Kennedy flew to Houston and made this famous Speech. "'Nobody asked if I was a Catholic when I joined the United States Navy…Nobody asked my brother if he was a Catholic or a Protestant before he climbed into an American bomber to fly his last mission." This was certainly the first biggest accomplishment Kennedy has made during his time in politics. Kennedy showed that anyone who loves this country could run and win t... ... middle of paper ... time as a President during his early years in office. Many people believed that the failure of invasion of Bay of Pigs would have never brought his popularity back. Instead, the failure of the Bay of Pigs led to better judgment and handling of the situation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Though his popularity was at the highest level before his assassination in November of 1963, did he have enough support to pass the Civil Rights Bill? Apparently, the bill was passed after his death in 1964. I believe that his assassination had a very strong impact of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. Everyone in Congress thought that the bill had to be passed, since we all owed it to Kennedy. Nevertheless, Kennedy's family was treated like the royal family of England by many Americans. Thus, his assassination helped many of us to judge more deeply about his accomplishments.
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