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John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, White House photo portrait, looking up.jpg
35th President of the United States
In office
January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Succeeded by Lyndon B. Johnson
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1953 – December 22, 1960
Preceded by Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
Succeeded by Benjamin A. Smith II
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1953
Preceded by James Michael Curley
Succeeded by Tip O'Neill
Personal details
Born John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(1917-05-29)May 29, 1917
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died November 22, 1963(1963-11-22) (aged 46)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death Ballistic trauma, assassination
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Bouvier (m. 1953)
Relations See Kennedy family
Children Arabella, Caroline, John Jr., and Patrick
Parents
Alma mater Harvard University
Profession Politician
Signature Cursive signature in ink
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1941–1945
Rank US Navy O3 infobox.svg Lieutenant
Unit
Battles/wars
Awards
The Kennedy Cabinet
Office Name Term
President John F. Kennedy 1961–1963
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson 1961–1963
Secretary of State Dean Rusk 1961–1963
Secretary of Treasury C. Douglas Dillon 1961–1963
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara 1961–1963
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy 1961–1963
Postmaster General J. Edward Day 1961–1963
John A. Gronouski 1963
Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall 1961–1963
Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman 1961–1963
Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges 1961–1963
Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg 1961–1962
W. Willard Wirtz 1962–1963
Secretary of Health,
Education, and Welfare
Abraham A. Ribicoff 1961–1962
Anthony J. Celebrezze 1962–1963

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the establishment of the Peace Corps, developments in the Space Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Trade Expansion Act to lower tariffs, and the Civil Rights Movement all took place during his presidency. A member of the Democratic Party, his New Frontier domestic program was largely enacted as a memorial to him after his death. Kennedy also established the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.

Kennedy's time in office was marked by high tensions with Communist states. He increased the number of American military advisers in South Vietnam by a factor of 18 over Eisenhower. In Cuba, a failed attempt was made at the Bay of Pigs to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro in April 1961. He subsequently rejected plans by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to orchestrate false-flag attacks on American soil in order to gain public approval for a war against Cuba. In October 1962, it was discovered Soviet ballistic missiles had been deployed in Cuba; the resulting period of unease, termed the Cuban Missile Crisis, is seen by many historians as the closest the human race has ever come to nuclear war between nuclear armed belligerents.


Navy and Marine Corps Medal Purple Heart American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
with three stars
World War II Victory Medal

Official
Media coverage
Other
  • Brauer, Carl. J (1977). John F. Kennedy and the Second Reconstruction. Columbia University Press. ISBN . 
  • Burner, David (1988). John F. Kennedy and a New Generation. Pearson Longman. ISBN . 
  • Casey, Shaun. The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960 (2009)
  • Collier, Peter & Horowitz, David. The Kennedys (1984)
  • Cottrell, John. Assassination! The World Stood Still (1964)
  • Douglass, James W. (2008). JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books. ISBN . 
  • Fay, Paul B., Jr. The Pleasure of His Company (1966)
  • Freedman, Lawrence. Kennedy's Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam (2000)
  • Fursenko, Aleksandr and Timothy Naftali. One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958–1964 (1997)
  • Giglio, James. The Presidency of John F. Kennedy (1991)
  • Hamilton, Nigel. JFK: Reckless Youth (1992)
  • Harper, Paul, and Krieg, Joann P. eds. John F. Kennedy: The Promise Revisited (1988)
  • Harris, Seymour E. The Economics of the Political Parties, with Special Attention to Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy (1962)
  • Heath, Jim F. Decade of Disillusionment: The Kennedy–Johnson Years (1976)
  • Hersh, Seymour. The Dark Side of Camelot (1997)
  • Kunz, Diane B. The Diplomacy of the Crucial Decade: American Foreign Relations during the 1960s (1994)
  • Lynch, Grayston L. Decision for Disaster Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs (2000)
  • Manchester, William. Portrait of a President: John F. Kennedy in Profile (1967)
  • Manchester, William (1967). The Death of a President: November 20–25, 1963. New York: Harper & Row. LCCN 67010496. 
  • Newman, John M. JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power (1992)
  • Parmet, Herbert. Jack: The Struggles of John F. Kennedy (1980)
  • Parmet, Herbert. JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy (1983)
  • Parmet, Herbert. "The Kennedy Myth". In Myth America: A Historical Anthology, Volume II. Gerster, Patrick, and Cords, Nicholas. (editors.) (1997)
  • Piper, Michael Collins. Final Judgment (2004: sixth edition). American Free Press
  • Reeves, Thomas. A Question of Character: A Life of John F. Kennedy (1991); hostile biography
  • Sabato, Larry J. The Kennedy Half-Century: The Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy (forthcoming, 2013)
  • Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. Robert Kennedy And His Times (2002) [1978]
  • Selverstone, Marc J., ed. A Companion to John F. Kennedy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
  • Whalen, Thomas J. JFK and His Enemies: A Portrait of Power (2014)
  • Goldzwig, Steven R. and Dionisopoulos, George N., eds. In a Perilous Hour: The Public Address of John F. Kennedy (1995)
  • Kennedy, Jacqueline. Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (2011). Hyperion Books. .
  • Abramson, Jill. "Kennedy, the Elusive President", The New York Times Book Review October 22, 2013, notes that 40,000 books have been published about JFK
  • Hellmann, John. The Kennedy Obsession: The American Myth of JFK (1997)
  • Santa Cruz, Paul H. Making JFK Matter: Popular Memory and the 35th President (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2015) xxiv, 363 pp.
  • Selverstone, Marc J., ed. A Companion to John F. Kennedy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), Topical essays by scholars focusing on the historiography
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