JFK facts

From the The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

From the The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

>        Born: May 29, 1917

>        Assassinated at age 46, at 12:30p.m. central time, by Lee Harvey Oswald, a sniper

>         Term of Office: January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963

>        35th president of the United States

>         Became president in the 1960 presidential election against Republican candidate Richard Nixon

>        Often known as “Jack”

>        A lifelong democrat

>        The second of nine siblings

>        Had three children not counting a premature baby boy that lived for two days

>        His son John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash with his wife and her older sister in 1999

>        The “F” in his name stands for Fitzgerald

>        Said the famous quote, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” in his inaugural address

>        Was the richest president ever; the Kennedy family estate was worth nearly $1 billion dollars

>        Joined the Navy in 1941

>        His wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was 12 years younger than Kennedy

>        He suffered from back problems and had Addison’s disease

>        Was the only president to win a Pulitzer Prize which was for his book Profiles in Courage in 1957

>        JFK’s younger brother Robert was also assassinated. He died June 6, 1968, after being shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, 26 hours earlier having won the California primary.