By Yona Zeldis McDonough
The guy who kept the lives of his PT-109 crewmen in the course of WWII and have become the thirty fifth president fought-and won-his first conflict on the age of two-and-a-half, whilst he used to be afflicted with scarlet fever. even if his presidency was once minimize brief, our nation's youngest elected chief left an indelible mark at the American attention and now's profiled in our Who Was...? sequence. incorporated are a hundred black-and-white illustrations in addition to a timeline that publications readers via this eventful interval in historical past.
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He started to write notes approximately how leaders could be torn among doing definitely the right factor and maintaining their jobs. His notes grew right into a ebook. It used to be known as Profiles in braveness. The publication had 8 brief biographies of senators who had proven strange braveness via helping unpopular explanations. Leaders like Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, Sam Houston, and Robert A. Taft. they'd risked their careers on the way to stay precise to their very own ideals. They have been inspiring to Jack. In 1957, Jack’s e-book gained the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Writing the ebook made Jack imagine extra approximately his personal idealism and targets. He determined to hunt the top elected place of work within the state. Jack’s great-grandfathers had come to the US penniless. Now John F. Kennedy desired to develop into president of the USA. bankruptcy five Mr. President as soon as he used to be absolutely recovered, Jack all started campaigning in earnest. He was once now forty-two years previous. many of us notion he wasn’t the right age to be the president. The president who used to be then in place of work, Dwight D. Eisenhower, were sixty-two while first elected. compared, Jack appeared so younger. Eisenhower noted Jack as “that boy. ” humans have been used to an older guy because the chief of the rustic. furthermore, Jack used to be Roman Catholic. the rustic had by no means elected a Catholic president. The Pope is the pinnacle of the Catholic Church. He provides information to Catholics on many matters. a few humans within the usa apprehensive Catholic president could be prompted through the Pope. Jack advised humans to place apart their concerns. His faith used to be own. it will now not intervene with being president. In chatting with a bunch of Protestant leaders, he stated, “I think in an the United States the place the separation of church and nation is absolute … i'm the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who occurs additionally to be a Catholic. i don't converse for my church on public matters—and the church doesn't converse for me. ” on the 1960 Democratic conference in l. a., California, one other guy additionally desired to run for president. Lyndon Johnson used to be a strong senator from Texas. He’d been in Congress for twenty-three years. He used to be the Senate Majority chief. He argued that John Kennedy was once younger and green. but regardless of his formative years, Jack received the nomination. And the fellow he desired to run with him at the price ticket was once Lyndon Johnson. Johnson considered it. Being vice chairman could provide him plenty of nationwide awareness. It additionally placed him subsequent in line for the presidency, if something have been to ensue to Jack. finally, Johnson agreed to run. John Kennedy made a speech on television to simply accept the Democratic nomination. He said the subjects of his crusade: “We stand at the present time at the fringe of a brand new Frontier … past that frontier are uncharted parts of technology and house, unsolved difficulties of peace and warfare, unconquered wallet of lack of information and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus. ” He sought after american citizens to be the “pioneers on that New Frontier. ” It was once a super speech. through stressing the brilliant promise of the longer term whereas achieving again to the pioneer prior, Jack tapped the unstated desires and hopes of all american citizens.