The Presidents of the USA

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John F. Kennedy
1961-1963


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John Fitzgerald Kennedy
 

birthplace

Brookline, MA

birthday

May 29

Life

1917-1963

age

OFC:43 , d. 46

party

Democratic

presidency highlights

Cuba crisis — Assassinated in Dallas

nickname:

JFK, Jack

vice-president:

Lyndon Johnson
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previous office

Senator ( MA)

key background fact:

Pulitzer prize winner — Purple Heart in WW II

occupation

U.S. Navy Officer, Author

military service

Lieutenant - U.S. Navy (Naval Reserve) - WW II (PT-boat captain)

children

3:   2 boys  1 girl

wife:

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1953)

height

6' 0'' / 1.83 m

higher education

Harvard, Stanford

religion

Roman Catholic

 

quote

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you —ask what you can do for your country."

actions & events

  • 1961 Peace Corps program
  • 1961 "Moon race" starts
  • 1963 "Washington March"
  • 1963 Assassinated In Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald

economy

  •  "New Frontier": Tax reduction and other reforms to boost economy

foreign affairs

  • 1961 Vienna Summit
  • 1961  Alliance for Progress- aid to Latin America
  • 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco
  • 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
  • 1963  Nuclear Test Ban

military activity

  • 1963  “Advisers” attached to the South Vietnamese Army increased to 16,732.

unique facts

  • First and only Catholic president.
  • First president who served in the Navy
  • The first to appoint his brother to a cabinet position.

interesting

His father gave him 1 mil $ when he turned 21.
His right leg was 3/4 inch longer than his left. Sometimes he used crutches because of his back problem.

military activity

  • 1963  “Advisers” attached to the South Vietnamese Army increased to 16,732.

Legacy

His youth, vigor, and style brought a fresh air in the presidency. He revived the New Deal and Fair Deal programs and continued containment to prevent spread of communism (Vietnam, Cuba). His assassination shocked the world.

In Dallas…

In Dallas…