John F. Kennedy

Events

Born

May 29, 1917

In Brookline, Massachusetts to Joe and Rose Kennedy

Served in the U.S. Navy

1941 - March 1, 1945

Honorably discharged as Liutenant

Served as U.S. Representative

1948 - 1952

Represented the 11th Congressional District in Boston

Served as U.S. Senator

1952 - 1960

Represented the state of Massachusetts

Married Jacqueline Bouvier

September 12, 1953 - November 22, 1963

In Newport, Rhode Island

Elected 35th U.S. President

November 8, 1960

Defeated Richard M. Nixon by a margin of 2/10 of 1 percent with 49.75 percent of the votes. Nixon received 49.55 percent.

Served as U.S. President

January 20, 1961 - November 22, 1963

JFK was youngest elected president and the first president to be Roman Catholic.

Established Peace Corps

March 1, 1961

Civil Rights Bill Sent to Congress

June 11, 1963

Assassination and Death

November 22, 1963

Eighty minutes after the assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. Later Oswald was charged with murder.