Today in history: John F. Kennedy was born

John F. Kennedy Biography: Learning from Rose Kennedy
John F. Kennedy Biography: Learning from Rose Kennedy



Nearly 100 years ago, one of the most fondly remembered U.S. presidents was born.

John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, a little town just outside of center Boston. His eventual rise to president should come as no surprise after learning his family lineage. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., was a politician and his mother Rose Kennedy was a socialite and philanthropist.

John, or Jack as he was commonly known, was Joseph and Rose's second child. The elite Boston couple went on to have seven more children.

JFK enrolled in Harvard University in 1935 and graduated in with a degree in international affairs. After college, he served the Navy in World War II before joining the House of Representatives in 1952. One year after his rise in the political world, he married his future first lady Jacqueline Bouvier.

Seven years later, JFK successfully ran for president, becoming the first American president to be born in the 20th century.

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