The Killer of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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The Killer of John Fitzgerald Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917, the second of the nine children of Joseph Patrick Kennedy and his wife, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy’s Irish ancestors had immigrated to Boston and his grandfather, Patrick J. Kennedy, was a Boston political leader as well as a successful businessman and saloonkeeper. His maternal grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald was the mayor of Boston, popularly known as “Honey Fitz”. The Kennedy’s lived in a modest but comfortable frame house, but as the family grew, so did their father’s fortune. Joseph Kennedy had become quite wealthy by the time he was 30 making his fortune in stock-market speculation, motion pictures, shipbuilding and real estate. He also would hold several appointive positions in the federal government during the Roosevelt administration, and his driving ambition was to put a son in he White House. Kennedy’s childhood was happy, even though he was always in the shadow of his older brother Joseph, who dominated family competitions and was a better student. Young Kennedy also was a frail child, with prolonged illnesses that kept him from school. But despite his frequent illnesses, Kennedy was a good athlete. At 13, young Kennedy attended the private Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. He became ill and never returned, graduating from Choate Preparatory School in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1935. After spending that summer studying at the London School of Economics, he entered Princeton University, but again illness forced him home during the Christmas recess because of an attack of jaundice. He resumed his studies in the fall of 1936 at Harvard University, where he continued to be an easygoing student, concentrating on swimming and with his brother Joe, won the intercollegiate sailing title. Kennedy made two more trips to Europe in 1937 and in 1939 when his father was serving as the United States Ambassador to Great Britain. Kennedy graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1940, and he used his undergraduate thesis as the basis for a book

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