John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The Thirty-Fifth President
John F. Kennedy is a hero. He was the founder of the Peace Corps. He was part of the planning of the attack against the Cubans at the Bay of Pigs. He started the American Space Race, and was a part of the Apollo idea.
John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917. (Sidey 2) He attended Harvard in 1936. (Sidey 3) During his senior year, he wrote a thesis which was published into a book called Why England Slept. This thesis was about Winston Churchill. (Sidey 3) He wrote another book called Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize. (Sidey 4) The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper, online journalism, literature, and musical composition. Kennedy was discharged from the military in 1941, because of a medical disqualification. (Sidey 6) In 1946, Kennedy ran for the eleventh Congressional District in Massachusetts. He served in the House of Representatives for 6 years. (Sidey 87) After the House, he ran for the Senate in 1952, he won. (Sidey 92) On January 20, 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy became our Thirty-Fifth President. (Sidey 100)
The idea for a Peace Corps came to Kennedy when he was a Senator. (Peace Corps) When campaigning for President he would often speak about his ideas for the Peace Corps. (Peace Corps) Kennedy targeted many young graduates for the Peace Corps. Many doubted whether recent graduates had the necessary skills and maturity. The idea stayed popular among the students, so Kennedy continued to speak at the colleges. (Sidey 99-100)
In Kennedy’s Inaugural Address he said this, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” (Sidey 101)
Within months of being elected president, Kennedy...