John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, he was the second of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. The Kennedy and Fitzgerald families were wealthy and politically powerful leaders of the local Irish American community. When Jack Kennedy was 10 years old, the family moved to suburban New York City, although they maintained homes in Massachusetts and Florida.
First at preparatory school and then at Harvard, Kennedy lived in the shadow of his older brother, Joe Jr. Popular, athletic, and talented, Joe seemed destined for success. Jack did not initially distinguish himself in academics, and at Harvard, he joined only the varsity swim team. His coach recalled Jack as “a fine kid, frail and not too strong, but always giving it everything he had.” [Read more…]