A Tribute to JFK

'Ask not what your country can do for you...

A Tribute to the 35th President

           John Fitzgerald Kennedy, called 'Jack' by his family & close friends, was born in Boston on May 29, 1917.  He was the 2nd son of Joseph P. & Rose F. Kennedy.  He graduated from Harvard with honors in 1940 & served on the PT109 in the South Pacific in World War II.  In 1946, he was elected to the House of Representatives.  He served 3 terms in the House & in 1952 upset Henry Cabot Lodge to become a U.S. Senator.  In 1953, JFK married Jacqueline Bouvier.  In 1955, JFK wrote Profiles In Courage. The book tells the story of American politicians who took courageous stands at the risk of their political fortunes. It was published the following year & on May 7, 1957 it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

        In 1956, he was defeated for the Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver.  In 1957, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born in New York City & John F. Kennedy, Jr. was born 3 years later.  In 1960, JFK won the Democratic nomination for President of the United States & defeated Richard M.Nixon to became the 1st Catholic President of the United States on January 20, 1961. 

        At age 43, he was the youngest man ever elected to the Presidency.  In the campaign, he had promised the American people a "New Frontier".  He said in his Inaugural Address: 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.'  In his State of the Union message, JFK set the goal of landing a man on the moon.  His assassination on November 22, 1963 was a day of shared shock & sadness around the world.

        I want to invite you to check out my JFK blogs.  The first is "JFK +50".  It covers JFK's life & Presidency fifty years after his election as President as well as "On this day in history". The link is www.jfk50.blogspot.com/   The second is "JFK Assassination Blog".  It provides information on my research on the JFK assassination over the past 47 years.  The link is www.jfkassinationblog.blogspot.com/

Photo & Background Music

JFK in the Yellow Oval Room, 1962
(photo courtesy JFK Library & Museum, Boston)

'All The Way with Jack Kennedy" 1960
(Capitol 45 rpm campaign record)

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