John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States

(1961 - 1963)
Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson


Feeding the pigeons in Venice during his first tour of Europe.

The arrival of family and guests for Caroline's 5th birthday party. Right The First Family including Caroline who is all dressed up for her birthday.

Fun in the oval office as the President encourages young Caroline and little John Jr. to dance.

A very relaxed first family at Hyannis Port in the summer of 1962. This picture was one of Jacqueline's favorites.

 
   

With little friend at the Hague. 1937

 
   

Playing policeman. At about age five, Jack decided he would become a cop.

Welsh terrier Charlie (l.) and Russian mate Pushinka are sitting pretty in front of the Kennedy White House. The two produced four pups: Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, and Streaker. (FROM THE BOOK - 'FIRST DOGS: AMERICAN PRESIDENTS AND THEIR BEST FRIENDS')

The Kennedys pose with a virtual K-9 corps of family dogs at Hyannisport; included are Irish spaniel Shannon, Welsh terrier Charlie, German shepherd Clipper, and the pups of Pushinka, who was a gift to Caroline from Soviet premier Nikita hrushchev. President and Mrs. Ford with their dog Liberty at the Camp David swimming pool.

1931 Family Portrait at Hyannis Port. Left to Right: Bobby, Jack, Eunice, Jean, Joseph Sr., Rose with Pat in front of her, Kathleen, Joe junior, and Rosemary.

President: John F. Kennedy

Wife: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929-1994), on September 12, 1953

Kids: Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (1957- ); John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (1960-99)

Pets: Tom Kitten the cat; Robin the canary; Zsa Zsa the rabbit; Sardar the horse; ponies named Macaroni, Tex, and Leprechaun; parakeets named Bluebell and Marybelle; hamsters named Debbie and Billie; Charlie, a Welsh terrier, plus dogs named Pushinka, Shannon, Wolf, and Clipper, plus Pushinka and Charlie's pups: Blackie, Butterfly, Streaker, and White Tip

Bio: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, (1917-1963) was the 35th President of the United States. Born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, he was the second of Joseph and Rose Kennedy's nine children. Kennedy attended elite private elementary schools in Connecticut. In the fall of 1936 he enrolled at Harvard University, graduating cum laude in June 1940.

During World War II, he became a war hero after leading survivors of a downed torpedo boat to safety. In 1947, he became a Democratic Congressman from Boston, and in 1952, he advanced to the Senate. He married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953, and the couple had two children, Caroline Bouvier and John Fitzgerald.

He had continuing, severe back trouble and had to have surgery in 1965. While in recovery, Kennedy wrote Profiles in Courage, which described the courage of eight United States senators. The book won the Pulitzer Prize that year. With the help of people in high places as well as the campaign contributions of celebrities, Kennedy campaigned for and won the presidency in 1960. He was the youngest, and some say most handsome, man to be elected to the office. He was also the first Roman Catholic to become president.

Kennedy focused on economic programs, social legislation, desegregation and Civil Rights reform. He also developed the Peace Corps. Kennedy’s presidency came at the height of the cold war and he was tested many times on this issue. The Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis and escalating tension with the USSR challenged his administration.

On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated by rifle fire while being driven in an open car through Dallas, Texas. The alleged assassin, 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald, was shot and killed by night club owner Jack Ruby two days later, while under heavy police escort on a jail transfer.

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