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John F. Kennedy

When recounting on all the previous United States presidents, there are quite a few names which stick out in history. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was, and is by most standards, one of the more notarized and popular presidents throughout America’s past. Many people know the general facts of past presidents and future presidential candidates, however there are many details about these people that go unnoticed or overlooked. John F. Kennedy went down in history as one of the tragically slain presidents; at just age 46, Kennedy was shot in his motorcade at what many would consider the height of, or on the precipice of fame in his career.

10 Facts about John F. Kennedy:

  1. He is the youngest person in United States history to be elected President of the United States.
  2. He was elected in 1960 and was 43-years-old. He was also the first Roman Catholic to hold office, as well.

  3. He was active in Baseball during his high-school career.
  4. He played as a pitcher in his school’s team, and also played as a third baseman. He stated he was not extremely proud of his skills, stating that he didn’t play to his own standards.

  5. He won a Pulitzer Prize.
  6. Kennedy was a bit of an author, writing Why England Slept, and the famous Profiles in Courage, which he later won a Pulitzer Prize for. The latter work won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize, and detailed short biographies of eight United States Senators, citing the integrity entailed in their actions. Many people question the true authenticity of Kennedy’s role as author, suggesting ghostwriting may have potentially been done.

  7. He was greatly involved with the Peace Corps.
  8. President Kennedy issued an Executive Order to establish the agency with the Department of State. Representative Henry Reuss proposed the concept in the 1950’s, and Kennedy learned of the proposal during his campaign. Sensing ardor for the idea, he appended it to his platform.

  9. He attended Princeton University before Harvard.
  10. John F. Kennedy actually enrolled in Princeton prior to his role in Harvard. He began classes as an Undergraduate in 1935, however did not stay long due to intestinal health issues. After healing, he transferred over to Harvard University.

  11. He was disqualified from Army Service.
  12. President Kennedy attempted to enlist in the Army prior to America entering World War II, but due to back issues and gastrointestinal problems, he failed the exams for both the Navy and Army. Through his father, he was later admitted into the Navy, however.

  13. He received last rites before his presidency.
  14. Kennedy was not in ideal health, and throughout his life, often feared death. He received his last rites before his presidency – three times, in fact. In 1947, 1951, and 1954, Kennedy was given his sacramental rites, all rooting from different health ailments.

  15. His sister, Rosemary Kennedy, underwent a lobotomy.
  16. Rosemary was described as a calm and easy going child, but in her later youth years as a teenager and in her early twenties, she began exhibiting violent outbursts and unreasonable mood swings. She underwent a lobotomy in 1941 at age 23; being assured the procedure would alleviate her outbursts. The procedure was deemed unsuccessful, giving her the mental capacity of a toddler. She was later put in an institution for the disabled, and lived the remainder of her life there.

  17. He had many health issues.
  18. Kennedy was diagnosed with Addison’s disease, which is a condition that affects the adrenal glands in the body, caused by a hormone deficiency. Along with this, Kennedy also suffered from colitis, ulcers, and was constantly on steroids for his health problems.

  19. He grew up with eight brothers and sisters.
  20. Kennedy had three brothers, Robert F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, and five sisters; Rosemary, Eunice Shriver, Kathleen Cavendish, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, and Jean Kennedy Smith. Many of them were also politically affiliated, as well.

John F. Kennedy, also known as Jack Kennedy, lived a life of wealth and happiness; discounting for the bumps in the road along the way. He was assassinated November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas in his motorcade by Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald is said to have sniped Kennedy from a building, and after being detained and transported to a county jail, was shot by Jack Ruby in front of a live broadcast.

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