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John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
A Presidential Unit

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States of America. He was also a naval hero during World War II. He was handsome and charming and was elected to the presidency when he was only 43 years old. He was assassinated before he could run for a second term in office.

Political Party: Democratic
Years Served: 1961 - 22 Nov 1963 (assassinated)
Vice President(s): Lyndon B. Johnson
Name of his parents: Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Wife's name: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929-1994), on September 12, 1953
Yearly Salary as President: $100,000/year + $50,000 expense account (refused by Kennedy)
Physical Stature: 6 feet
State of Birth: Massachusetts

"John F. Kennedy was born into one of the wealthiest families in the USA. On his 21st birthday he was given $1 million by his father. One million dollars is a big deal now ... it was worth even more in 1938!

Called "Jack" by close friends and family, JFK love athletics. He and his brothers played football, tennis, and golf. He loved to sail and swim. Unfortunately, later in life his health would prevent him from enjoying these pursuits as he would wish.

In one of the closest elections in US history ... though not the closest ... JFK defeated his opponent Richard M. Nixon. They were the first Presidential candidates to debate each other on television. JFK's good looks, charm, and easy manner helped him to get many votes even though Nixon had more experience and had had to work for everything he had gained up to that point without the help of a rich and powerful family.

Kennedy was also the first Roman Catholic president. JKF appointed his brother, Robert, to the position of Attorney General.

One of the toughest problems that Kennedy faced during his presidency was what became to be called the "Cuban Missile Crisis." This was caused in part by the paranoia of the "Cold War" and in part by Cuba arming themselves with nuclear weapons.

Some of JFK's greater accomplishments were he started the Peace Corps, his focus on civil rights, and his support fo the USA's space program.

On Line Lesson Plans:

Kennedy from TeacherVision
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Herbert Hoover from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:

John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy from Grolier
John F. Kennedy -- American President
John Fitzgerald Kennedy -- School of Discovery
John F. Kennedy -- Character Above All
John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address (1961)
Announcement of Candidacy for the Presidency (1960)
The Presidency in 1960 (1960)
Remarks at the University of Michigan (1960)
Address Accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency (1960)
Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association (1960)
Address to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1961)
"The President and the Press" (1961)
Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs (1961)
Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations (1961)
Address at the Inaugural Anniversary Dinner (1962)
Address at the University of California, Berkeley (1962)
Statement on the "Steel Crisis" (1962)
Commencement Address at Yale University (1962)
Radio and TV Address on the Situation in Mississippi (1962)
Radio and TV Report on the Soviet Arms Buildup in Cuba (1962)
Commencement Address at American University (1963)
JFK Assassination Homepage
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sixth Floor Museum

Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the JFK's children? [Answer: Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (1957- ); John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (1960-99); Patrick Bouvier Kennedy (1963)]

2. What other political positions did Kennedy hold? [Answer: Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1947-53; United States Senator, 1953-61].

3. What piece of money has JFK's face appeared on? [Answer: the half dollar coin]

Of Note:

In 1961, JFK promised that the US would send a man to the moon by 1969. Although he didn't live to see it, it came true.


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