View random article

Who Is John F. Kennedy?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy served from 1961 to 1963 as the 35th President of the United States of America. As his motorcade drove through Dallas, Texas, on the 22nd of November 1963, he was assassinated. His legacy remains that of being one of the most popular American Presidents, the youngest President and the youngest dead President. His assassination is shrouded in mystery and controversy.

JKF as he is fondly called, was born in Massachusetts to a prominent political family, on 29 May 1917. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940 and then served in the navy. He began his political career as a Boston Congressman and later became a Senator.

He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. In 1960, he wowed the American electorate in the first ever televised presidential candidate debates against Richard Nixon. His youth, charisma and family savvy worked in his favor and he went on to win the election. His most famous words were said in his inauguration speech: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” His two years in power saw him implement a good economic plan, allow Cuban exiles and military combat training for the overthrow of Fidel Castro.

Lee Harvey Oswald, though he maintained his innocence was accused of assassinating JFK. The Warren Commission issued a report stating that Oswald had acted of his own accord and killed JFK. Before he stood trial, Oswald was murdered by Jack Ruby, a Dallas business who is believed to have had connections with organized crime rings. Nothing more could be done regarding JFK’s assassination.

Featured in Politics