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John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, known as JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination near the end of his third year in office. JFK served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to his presidency.

On November 22, 1963, he was assassinated in Dallas. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the state crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later. After Kennedy’s death, Congress enacted many of his proposals, including the Civil Rights Act and the Revenue Act of 1964. Kennedy is a popular president with historians and the general public. His personal life has also been the focus of considerable sustained interest following public revelations in the 1970s of his chronic health ailments and extramarital affairs.

 

 

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