John F. Kennedy (Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership)
Hope Lourie Killcoyne
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injury was to plague him later in life. John and his older brother were very close. While a young boy, Joe said that someday he would be president of the United States. The family took him at his word. Of all the children, Joe seemed the one most likely to enter the political field. Joseph, Sr., was named ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1937. John and his older brother then worked as international reporters for their father. John spent his summers in England and much of the rest of his time
to swim. He was put into a life jacket. Kennedy gripped one of the jacket’s straps between his teeth and towed the man as the crew swam to a nearby island. It took them five hours to reach it. For his heroism, Kennedy was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal, the Purple Heart, and a citation. (These events were later depicted in a Hollywood film, PT 109 , that contributed to the Kennedy mystique.) The back injury, however, put him out of action for the remainder of the war. John F.
one of the nation’s outstanding men of the year. UNITED STATES SENATOR In 1952 Kennedy decided to run for the United States Senate. His opponent was Republican senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Again the Kennedy family worked to get John elected. Kennedy defeated Lodge by more than 70,000 votes. The victory was particularly impressive because across the rest of the nation, Republican candidates were swept into office along with the landslide of votes for the new Republican president, Dwight
early 1950s conducted witch-hunting campaigns against government workers accused of being communists. Kennedy’s father liked McCarthy, contributed to his campaign, and even entertained him in the family’s compound at Hyannis Port on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Kennedy himself disapproved of McCarthy, but, as he once observed, “Half my people in Massachusetts look on McCarthy as a hero.” Yet, on the Senate vote over condemnation of McCarthy’s conduct (1954), Kennedy expected to vote against him. He
days the price increases were canceled. The Peace Corps The Peace Corps, a U.S. government agency of volunteers, grew out of a 1960 presidential campaign proposal by John F. Kennedy to find new ways of halting the spread of communism in underdeveloped countries. The first director of the Peace Corps was Kennedy’s brother-in-law R. Sargent Shriver. The Peace Corps Act of 1961 established the government-funded service as an agency in the U.S. Department of State. (When the independent