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John F. Kennedy Fact Sheet

John F. Kennedy

The 35th President of the United States

Name:  John F. Kennedy

Number of terms he served: One

Year he took office: 1961

Birth Date: May 29th, 1917

Age when he took office: 44

State of Birth: Brookline, Massachusetts

Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson

What Party was he from: Democrat

What was his major contribution while in office:

Civil rights for African Americans still lagged but Kennedy didn’t want to do anything to show his views on this subject so he didn’t offend Segregationists in the south. But Martin Luther King Jr and many other African Americans did not want to wait for their freedom, so they fought for it. Thirteen Freedom Riders walked determinedly onto the Greyhound bus and headed down south. Nearly every time the bus stopped they were beaten but they stood their ground and eventually Kennedy came to their aid, because everything the Freedom Riders were doing was legal.

What did he do after he left office:

No one really knows whether there was one assassin or multiple, in fact no one really knows why Kennedy was assassinated. The only facts are that he was shot twice, once in the throat and again in the back of his head. It is also known that a man named Lee Harvey Oswald had a part in Kennedy’s murder.

Did he have a nickname:

Yes, JFK

Was he married:

Yes, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier

Did he have children:

Yes, three

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