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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) Biography and Facts For Kids

John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

After military service as commander during World War II in the South Pacific, Kennedy represented Massachusetts’s 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat. Kennedy defeated Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election, one of the closest in American history to become the United States 35th president. 20 years after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a public opinion poll indicated that he was rated best overall of the nine presidents since Herbert Hoover. Among five positive attributes surveyed, Kennedy “most inspired confidence in the White House,” according to 40 percent of those asked.

Fun Facts about John Fitzgerald Kennedy

When was John F. Kennedy born: May 29, 1917
Where was John F. Kennedy born: Brookline, MA
Where did John F. Kennedy go to college: Harvard
What was John F. Kennedy’s job before he became president: Author
Who was John F. Kennedy married to: Jacqueline Kennedy
What number president was John F. Kennedy: 35th
What political party did John F. Kennedy belong to: Democrat
Who was John F. Kennedy’s vice president: Lyndon B. Johnson
When was John F. Kennedy president: 1961-1963
How many terms did John F. Kennedy serve: less than 1
When did John F. Kennedy die: November 22, 1963
How old was John F. Kennedy when he died: 46
Where is John F. Kennedy buried: Arlington, VA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

  • “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
  • “For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.”
  • “There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”
  • “The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.”
  • “Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.”
  • “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”

Timeline of the Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

1917 JFK was born in Brookline, MA
1940 JFK graduated Harvard College
1953 Married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
1961 John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th President.
1962 Kennedy halts all trade with Cuba.
1963 Martin Luther King Jr leads a civil rights demonstration in Washington that attracts 250,000 demonstrators.
1963 Kennedy is assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
1963 Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President of the United States.
1963 Jack Ruby shoots and kills Lee Harvey Oswald.
1963 Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Timeline of the Day (November 22, 1963) JFK Was Assassinated

11:10 a.m. – After staying overnight in Fort Worth, Kennedy leaves Carswell AFB onboard Air Force One to fly to Love Field in Dallas.
11:30 a.m. – JFK’s presidential motorcade leaves Love Field.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – The motorcade follows a route through Dallas, during which the president stops the car several times to talk to citizens who approach his limousine.
12:30 p.m. – President Kennedy is shot and taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
1:00 p.m. – President Kennedy is pronounced dead at Parkland Hospital.
1:08 p.m. – Officer J.D. Tippit calls in to the police dispatch. By 1:16 p.m., JFK is dead.
1:22 p.m. – A rifle is found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building.
1:55 p.m. – Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff for the murder of Officer Tippit.