John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29th, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. John was the second of nine children born to Joseph Patrick and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was brought up in a family that demanded intense physical and intellectual competition among the children and he was taught in the teachings of the Roman Catholic church and the political precepts of the Democratic Party. He graduated from Harvard University, and he published the best-seller "Why England Slept". For six months he then served as a secretary to his father, who was the U.S. ambassador of Great Britain. JFK joined the navy in 1941, and he was sent to the South Pacific two years later. As a matter of fact, he escaped death in battle, and he was later on awarded the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps medal for heroism. His back, which bothered him since he was a teenager, continued to trouble him for the rest of his life. By the end of the war, his brother Joe, who was expected to be the first Kennedy to run for office, had been killed in the war. Now the family's political expectations passed on to John, who had originally planned to carry out an journalistic or academic career. He was expected to run for office and to win, which he did actually. His political career begun as Congressman in 1946, when he first represented the state of Massachusetts. He received almost twice the amount of votes as his Democratic opponent. Later on, he overwhelmed his Republican candidate. He was still only 29 years old. JFK served three terms in the House of Representatives. His greatest accomplishments were obtaining: better working conditions, more public housing, higher wages, lower prices, cheaper rents and more Social Security for the aged. In foreign affairs, he always supported Cold War policies, and he backed both the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. Kennedy had a safe seat in the congressional district of Boston. He could become a power in the House, but instead he ran for U.S. Senate. His mother and three of his sisters held supported him officially, and his brother, Robert, managed his campaign. Kennedy defeated Henry Cabot Lodge jr. and won. In less than a year later, he married Jaqueline Lee Bouvier. As a senator, he quickly earned a reputation for responsivness from his people. Kennedy did not support Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's campaign, concerning campaigns against workers that were accused of being Communists.

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