John F. Kennedy was the thirty fifth president of the United States, and served from 1961 to 1963. Unfortunately, in 1963, he was assassinated. The Vice President, Lyndon Johnson served the remainder of his term. John F. Kennedy was the president during some of the most crucial points in American history, such as the Cuban missile crisis. He had an interesting childhood and came from a large family.
He was the second son that was born. While growing up, Kennedy often felt that he was in his elder brother’s shadow. This sometimes caused him to act out in various ways, such as pulling pranks.
Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. His parents were Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald. He lived in Brookline for the first decade of his life, and attended the public Edward Devotion School until the third grade.
In 1929, the family moved to Bronxville, New York. After the family moved, Kennedy attended Riverdale Country School.
As a child, Kennedy enjoyed playing sports and being outdoors. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, and he was the first Boy Scout to ever become the President of the United States.
During the summers, his family would either stay at a summer home in Hyannisport, Massachusetts or sometimes go to Florida.
In 1931, Kennedy was sent away to Choate School (now known as the Choate Rosemary Hall), a boarding school in Connecticut for his high school years. While at boarding school, Kennedy frequently got into trouble with authority. In fact, he exploded a toilet seat using a firecracker. He also suffered a number of health problems while he was at Choate, and was even hospitalized for a period of two months.
After Kennedy graduated from Choate in 1935, he went to study at the London School of Economics for a year. However, he came back in early October of 1935, and attended Princeton University. He attended Princeton for only six weeks, and then he had to be hospitalized for possible leukemia. In 1936, he enrolled in Harvard University as a freshman.
While at Harvard, Kennedy tried out for a number of different sports teams, including football, golf, and swimming. He successfully earned a spot on the varsity swim team, and enjoyed the sport as an outlet for stress.
From his sophomore year to his senior year, Kennedy lived in the Winthrop House. He graduated with a degree in international affairs in 1940, and he graduated cum laude from the university. While at Harvard, he completed a thesis about the appeasement in Munich. This thesis was eventually published into a book in 1940 called Why England Slept.
In 1941, Kennedy attempted to volunteer for the army. However, he was rejected because he suffered from a number of lower back problems. He was able to successfully volunteer for the United States Navy. During World War Two, he was promoted to a lieutenant. As a lieutenant, he commanded a patrol torpedo boat.
Kennedy was part of the rescue mission to save ambushed Marines on Choiseul Island. When he was honorably discharged from the military in 1945, he had received a number of decorations. These include the Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.