John Fitzgerald Kennedy


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John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his death in 1963.

After military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boats PT-109 and PT-59 during World War II in the South Pacific, Kennedy represented Massachusetts' 11th congressional district ... more »

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  • ''The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Commencement address, June 11, 1962, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House—with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined...
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Remark, April 29, 1962, Washington D.C.. Public Papers of the Presidents o...
  • ''It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds: a Harvard education and a Yale degree.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Yale commencement address (June 11, 1962). On being awarded an honorar...
  • ''Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Address, May 17, 1961, to Canadian Parliament, Ottawa.
  • ''Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, July 3, 1963, to NATO.
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