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President John F. Kennedy's Life in Pictures
A look at one of America's most beloved leader's life and work, from childhood through his presidency.
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John F. Kennedy was the 35th U.S. president and one of the youngest to hold office. We take a look back at his life, which was tragically cut short at the age of 46.

C. 1919


John F. Kennedy (left) with his older brother Joseph.

1925


John Kennedy, nicknamed "Jack," and his siblings go for a swim in Hyannis Port.

1927


A young JFK pictured here at age ten.

1927


President Kennedy started sports at a young age. Here he is at age ten in a football uniform.

1931


The whole Kennedy family at the beach.

1935


In college, Kennedy was a member of the Harvard Swim Team; he's pictured here in the back row, third from the left.

SOMETIME DURING THE 1930S


This family portrait shows just how large the Kennedy clan was. Jack was the second oldest of nine children.

1937


JFK and his brother Joseph Kennedy Jr. in London with their father, Joseph Kennedy Sr., who served as the American ambassador to Great Britain.

1938


A weary-looking Kennedy as an undergraduate at Harvard University.

1939


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Three Kennedy siblings (Joe, Kathleen, and John F. Kennedy) arrive at the Houses of Parliament in London, during their father's tenure as American ambassador to Great Britain.

1940


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JFK served in the Navy during World War II. He was lauded as a hero for rescuing fellow crew members after their ship was destroyed in a Japanese attack.

1943


Here he is, pictured aboard the torpedo boat he commanded in the Pacific.

1944


As a lieutenant in the Navy, Kennedy was a PT-boat commander.

1945


A portrait of the Kennedy brothers, John F. Kennedy (left) and Joseph Kennedy Jr. (right), seated in their naval uniforms.

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SEPTEMBER 1946


Kennedy first ran for Congress in 1946. Here he is relaxing during the campaign.

JULY 1947


A portrait of Representative Kennedy during his first term.

1951


He's pictured here working as a member of the House of Representatives.

SEPTEMBER 1952


John F. Kennedy gets help from his siblings during his Senate campaign. He served as the junior senator from Massachusetts for eight years.

JUNE 1953


Kennedy goes sailing with his fiancé Jacqueline Bouvier during a trip to the Kennedy family home in Hyannis Port, on the cape.

JUNE 1953


Kennedy and fiancé Jackie chat on the grass together in Massachusetts.

SEPTEMBER 1953


John and Jackie Kennedy moments after tying the knot in Newport, Rhode Island.

SEPTEMBER 1953


Jackie Kennedy poses with the groomsmen and her new husband at her wedding.

OCTOBER 1954


Jackie helps JFK to the hospital for a post-war spinal operation. Following the procedure, he had to rely on crutches for three months.

MARCH 1958


A Kennedy family portrait with their first child Caroline Kennedy, four months after she was born.

JULY 1960


In early 1960, JFK begins his presidential campaign. Here he is with brother Robert, likely discussing strategy.

SEPTEMBER 1960


Kennedy shaking hands during his campaign tour.

SEPTEMBER 1960


Senator Kennedy making notes during his presidential campaign.

SEPTEMBER 1960


The televised debate between candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy is what many think clinched the election for the young senator.

OCTOBER 1960


New York City celebrates the Kennedy campaign with a ticker-tape parade.

NOVEMBER 1960


Senator Kennedy speaks to students at USC one week before he is elected.

NOVEMBER 1960


The night after the election, the Kennedy family gets together to celebrate in Hyannis Port.

DECEMBER 1960


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John F. Kennedy Jr. was born just weeks after JFK was elected.

JANUARY 1961


The new president and first lady stand in front of the crowd at the inauguration. It was during his address that Kennedy famously said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

JANUARY 1961


The first couple arrives at JFK's inaugural ball.

JANUARY 1961


The president sits to eat breakfast with First Daughter Caroline Kennedy.

FEBRUARY 1961


President Kennedy and the First Lady with their daughter Caroline and their newborn son John Kennedy Jr. in front of the White House.

APRIL 1961


President Kennedy takes a walk at Camp David with former president Dwight D. Eisenhower.

JUNE 1961


JFK with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for a banquet in the president's honor.

AUGUST 1962


President Kennedy takes a call in the Oval Office.

AUGUST 1962


Kennedy (seen here posing on a porch in Hyannis Port) valued his time in Cape Cod.

"I always come back to the Cape and walk on the beach when I have a tough decision to make," he said. "The Cape is the one place I can think, and be alone."

SEPTEMBER 1962


Here, President Kennedy gets a tour of the Apollo space capsule. During his administration, Kennedy declared that American would put a man on the moon within the decade, and he was right.

DECEMBER 1962


Christmas in the Kennedy house.

1963


John F. Kennedy's presidential portrait.

MARCH 1963


The young Kennedy family pictured with Caroline's pony Macaroni. In addition to the horse, the Kennedys had a veritable menagerie at the White House including birds, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and multiple dogs.

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JUNE, 1963


On June 26, 1963, Kennedy gave his famous "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" speech against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall.

He finished the speech, one of the most eloquent of his presidency with, "All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner."

JUNE 1963


President Kennedy's trip to Ireland.

AUGUST 1963


Kennedy with leaders of the March on Washington including Martin Luther King (fourth from left).

AUGUST 1963


President Kennedy and daughter Caroline Kennedy aboard his boat, the "Honey Fitz".

OCTOBER 1963


The president plays with his son John F. Kennedy Jr. in the Oval Office.

NOVEMBER 1963


The President and First Lady arrive in Dallas, Texas on the day of his assassination.

1963


The Kennedy family mourns the death of President John F. Kennedy.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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